Internet privacy issues are again in the spotlight as a controversial bill is debated in London’s Parliament. Its adoption will allow the UK government to spy on what Brits write and post online.
The Metropolitan Police is hoping to use crowd-sourcing to identify people suspected of committing crimes in last years riots in London.
In short the bill is all about increasing the amount of communications data that the authorities can get hold of. It does this in two principle ways: 1 by giving an essentially unlimited power to the government to order anyone to do anything rationally connected with that aim and presumably proportionate and human rights compliant – though that may result in much time-consuming litigation; and 2 by widening the scope of people who can be asked to give up communications data to anyone who controls any communications equipment – in practice almost everyone old enough to own a mobile telephone.
Law enforcement and government departments are accessing vast quantities of phone and internet usage data without warrants, prompting warnings from the Greens of a growing surveillance state and calls by privacy groups for tighter controls.
Read: Sidney Morning Herald
Details of every phone call and text message, email traffic and websites visited online are to be stored in a series of vast databases under new Government anti-terror plans.
Read More: Telegraph.
- The Internet gets highly political
- Internet governance moves to the premier league of global politics
- Clearer positioning of the main players
- A shift in Internet governance direction, from technology (IT, telecom) to political ministries (diplomacy, prime ministerial cabinets)
- Cybersecurity takes centre stage
- Online human rights come into focus
- ICANN’s soul-searching
- Internet blackout in Egypt
- Avalanche of Internet principles
- SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act)
“The proliferation of drones throughout the military — and into civilian law enforcement — can make it feel like we’re living in an airborne panopticon. But flying robots are agnostic about who they train their gaze upon, and can spy on cops as easily as they can spy on civilians.”