UK Liberty

Let’s help the Government spy on us

Posted in database state, surveillance society by ukliberty on October 6, 2008

The Sunday Times (also the Telegraph):

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion [of our money] to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers – thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers.

Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: “Any suggestion of the government using existing powers to intercept communications data without public discussion is going to sound extremely sinister.”

No, I don’t believe there should be a backlash – I think we should help them out.

I propose we send them, from today, a daily record of our browsing habits and a copy of every email we receive and send. By post and email.

Even just 5m customers will give them a nice lot of data to be smothered by choke on work through.

The Home Office stressed no formal decision had been taken but sources said officials had made clear that ministers had agreed “in principle” to the programme.

In other news, “Bear Catholic, Pope uses outdoor toilet facilities”.


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  1. hieronymous said, on October 7, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Great idea, set-up an e-mail template that copies all your mail to government, BT, Vodaphone et al.

    This seems a good place to start:

    Good plan indeed, hah.
    Ironically we need a database of all local and central government email addresses :-)
    Gotta love that irony.

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  4. UK Voter said, on October 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    The news that the government now wants to track our mobile phone calls, texts, emails and internet browsing habits has got me enraged. For the past 11 years, this government has sought more and more control over its citizens, from installing 4.2m CCTV cameras, to the suggestion that we must respond to more and more intrusive questions when they complete the next census. It has simply got to stop.

    On this occasion, I have done something about it, in my own small way. I have written an article outlining what the government is seeking to do and my views. But, I have also produced a ‘draft’ letter that can be personalised and sent to local MP’s. I am urging other likeminded people to reproduce the article, to include their own comments, after all, not everyone will agree with all my comments and then publicise it. Maybe we can start a programme where people start to bombard their MP’s with a demand that they do not support the latest data communication bill. The link is here if anyone would care to take a look.

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