UK government plans to force ISPs, carriers to store web and phone usage

By Leeky · 24 replies
Feb 21, 2012
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  1. A new report has surfaced that reveals the UK government plans to force British ISPs and mobile operators to keep online communications by internet users, as well as phone call…

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  2. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    I know I said it had begun, yet didn't know how far it would go ...

    now i'm scared !!!! ...

  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I don't see this going over well with the UK citizens. I imagine London, and other parts of the UK will burn again this year.
  4. big deal.. who cares?
  5. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    This will never become a reality. "Anti-terror" measures are becoming increasingly vague and less pressing to the average person. Can't see this ever going through.
  6. OMG, we have to search and pick out "terrorist activites". It seems like you fear the everyday actions of your normal citizens more than actual terrorists. It also seems like terrorists would know what you're doing and switch to other means of communications, therefore leaving your citizens privacy violated for no legitimate reason. It's not right when the rights and privacy of a nation are violated to protect against a few. You're killing a mosquito on a glass window with a hammer. The glass window being your citizen's rights.
  7. They can start by storing my tissue paper usage.
  8. Imagine having to go through pages and pages of game chat logs....>.<
  9. I'd rather just put up with the occasional terrorist attack.
  10. This really needs to end. Let people keep their human rights!
  11. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Didn't you know? The governments of the world don't consider their citizens as humans, we are just sheep and cattle to be used for their amusement and profit.
  12. Holy mother of God!!

    I think it's time to fall off-grid :/
  13. this is communism!!
  14. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    No it is not…
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Govts treat people in this way because 'the people' have become mental slaves of the system, they simply don't want to get out of their comfort zones and protest/fight to keep their rights. Also, historically, in economic declines they tend to become oppressive anyway.
  16. This has been going on for years in Ireland, 3 years of data must be stored, not the content just to comms details eg To, From etc

    Its a European Directive and has been in place for many many years, just slow to implement it or only coming to light now in the UK
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    If i am being logged for the purpose of me being a terrorist in the future, then fair enough. It's the fact that things like this could easily sprout in the future to being used for far more less serious and stupid means. Just like Internet censorship of one "bad" site soon grows into censorship of 5 "bad" sites, then 20 and 30.

    Things like this have to stop, in my opinion.
  18. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    lol imagine going through chat logs and voice comms of people playing large rts games or even css the whole UK government would think there is a plot for terrorists to invade.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    In other news, England has removed the term, "constitutional", from the term , "constitutional monarchy", and reopened the Tower of London to accommodate the possible onslaught of political prisoners, generated via the expected apprehension of illegal downloaders....!!! :rolleyes:

    (Follow the bouncing ball.......)>>>>

    "And when you walk on England's green".........ROFLMAO.......:haha:
  20. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    They DO have the olympics comming soon. Many of you may be too young to remember the 70's and how terrorist acts at that time ruined the olympics. And that was the 1970's!! Now we have easier to access weapons, explosives ect. How would England fare if a plane was flown into the area the olympics was being hosted at?
    I dont think your queen would be happy explaining to her good citizens how the govt. "dropped the ball" and let something like that happen. So the ISP have to log the facts of any calls, texts, whatever. A little proactive security measure may keep a massive tragedy from happening.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    So it was you that drafted the US "Patriot Act"?
  22. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    No but after dealing with all the BS of 9/11 its understandable why a govt. would want to protect their citizens against that form of attack. Then add all the atheletes from other countrys. Plus all the ppl comming in from around the world to view the olympics. Youre talking about alot of lives that would be ruined if a 9/11 style attack happend. So they are logging your info somewhere. Its going to happen anyways somewhere down the line.
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    You missed one small thing there i.e. hijacking a plane is no longer as easy as it once was; just see how few plane hijackings has been happening in recent years, so that point no longer holds much value. Besides 'terrorism' is literally used by 'so called democratic' states as well, to achieve their own goals when they see it fit, blurring the lines between the right and wrong in the end, but that is another debate for which this is not the right place.
  24. Yes it is.
  25. Just another small part of the emerging "surveillance state".

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