UK Liberty

Information Commissioner warns against phone and email database

Posted in database state, politicians on liberty, surveillance society by ukliberty on July 15, 2008

The BBC:

A central database holding details of everyone’s phone calls and emails could be a “step too far for the British way of life”, ministers have been warned.

Plans for such a database are rumoured to be in the Communications Data Bill.

But Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said “lines must be drawn” to defend “fundamental liberties”.

He told the BBC he was not aware of such a database in any other democracy. He said there had also not been enough debate on the expanded DNA database.

In his annual report [why doesn’t the BBC link to it?!], Mr Thomas addressed speculation about plans for a government-run database holding telephone and internet communications of the entire British population. …

Annual report 2008

Annual report summary 2008


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