[funsec] UK: National database dropped but all our communications will still be monitored
juha-matti.laurio at netti.fi
Tue Apr 28 05:47:21 CDT 2009
"Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, scrapped plans for a national communications database amid privacy fears,
but every email, phone call and website visit will still be monitored by the Government.
Ms Smith signalled a rowing back of the Big Brother state after admitting the proposed
"super database" storing all communications activity was "extreme" and too intrusive.
The significant admission raises questions over Government plans for other controversial national databases
including the children's ContactPoint system and the ID card's National Identity Register.
However, Ms Smith is pushing ahead with proposed new powers to track every phone,
email text message and website visit made by the public in order to combat terrorists and serious criminals
who take advantage of the ever complex forms of communication to plot their atrocities and crime."
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