Britain is considering a massive government database to store the e-mails, Internet information, phone-calls and text messages of all residents to help security forces in the fight against crime and terrorism.[H/T to Carolyn Kay]
At the moment, records of phone-calls and text messages are kept up to 12 months by telecoms companies in compliance with an EU anti-terrorism directive.
But a new Home Office (Interior Ministry) proposal would see Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies handing over records containing billions of e-mails as well as Internet usage and voice-over-Internet calls, media reports said on Tuesday.
Police and security services would be able to have access to the information after seeking permission from the courts.
Posted by Space Cowboy at Thursday, May 22, 2008
UK to US: I'll see your phone records and raise you all internet activity.