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“Government” Could Start Snooping Social Networks

Another admission of this “government’s” obsession with monitoring everything done by the citizens it is supposed to serve comes from Vernon Coaker, Minister for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing.  Already they are looking to use DPI technology such as that proposed by Phorm (and secretly tested by BT without its customers’ consent) to monitor smaller ISPs’ customers.

Coaker said that the EU Data Retention Directive did not cover social networks like Facebook and MySpace, which are growing in popularity for users to send messages to each other.

Such mediums are now commonly used for communication instead of email. This is covered by the directive as ISPs will be forced to keep records for 12 months of very email sent or received.

According to the transcript Coaker said to Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake: “I look forward to his support when we present intercept modernisation programme proposals, which may include the retention of data on Facebook, Bebo, MySpace and all similar sites.”

The logical extension of this is that the “government” will impose a law (poorly drafted so as to criminalise as many people as it can) which requires all private messaging systems to keep full records of who said what to whom and when it was said.  Naturally the “government” will require 24/7 access to these logs for its own, unaccountable use.

This is Gordongrad.  You will have no freedom whatsoever.  All opinions contrary to the “government” will be recorded and used against you at some point in the future.

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