Brits consider increased monitoring, access to communications

The Brits are considering more invasive monitoring and access plans for web, email, phone, and social networking sites. In 2009 they implemented laws so internet service providers now keep users' web access, email and phone calls for a year. Content is not retained, although other identifiable information is.  However, this may change. A proposed new law would also include social networking sites and phone services such as Skype. If the law changes, intelligence officers could access all these in real time, not afterwards, and without a warrant. This would be a drastic change from the current law. Plans failed with the "last Labor government to create a giant central database with all UK web and telephone use." Even though it might catch criminals, many people of various political persuasions were concerned enough about civil liberties and the potential inappropriate uses of such information to defeat the database plan. Will we learn what the queen accesses on facebook? Debate will occur and it will be interesting to see what happens as well as how, if at all, this affects debate in other countries including our own. Many countries either already have stringent communication information gathering laws or are currently debating them, in a response to crime, particularly terrorism. For more read the BBCNews article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17595209

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