[At-Large] Draft [UK] Data Communications Surveillance Bill

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Sat Jun 16 00:16:50 UTC 2012

That's right.  Not Iran. Not N. Korea.  Not China.  And definitely neither
Hugo or Fidel! Her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Home Department
yesterday presented to the  British Parliament a draft bill that maps out
the mother of all electronic eavesdropping program ever from the government
of a 'free' people.

If this bill passes as presented, the British government intends to co-opt
and compel all telecommunications providers to log and retain every little
detail about the online life of all of Her Majesty's loyal subjects; every
web visit, email, phone call and text message, [Blackberry] bbms and Skype
chats not excepted.

This plan as defined goes production, it means even 'foreign' providers
shall be ensnared and subject to UK law. Or, face the consequences.

BTW, officialdom insists that this surveillance will redline and ring fence
'content'. Their interest is just metadata; sender/receiver info,
origin/destination IP addresses, phone numbers, that kind of thing. No deep
packet inspection, no parsing of the payload. None a that, wink wink.

Oh. If - so says the top law enforcer! - you're worried about all this why,
you have to be a common criminal or conspiracy theorist.

Read it here:

- Carlton

Carlton A Samuels
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