Private firm may track all email and calls

The private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone's calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary.

A cabinet decision to put the management of the multibillion pound database of all UK communications traffic into private hands would be accompanied by tougher legal safeguards to guarantee against leaks and accidental data losses.

But in his strongest criticism yet of the superdatabase, Sir Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, who has firsthand experience of working with intelligence and law enforcement agencies, told the Guardian such assurances would prove worthless in the long run and warned it would prove a "hellhouse" of personal private information.

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Unicron3484d ago

Hmmmm.... that's not good. People should still be allowed privacy in the digital age. I don't care if its text messages or emails, if it's not intended for your eyes, you shouldn't even know it exists, let alone be able to read it at your leisure, not matter your position in the government.

I've already heard plenty of horror stories about the CIA listening in on personal calls... sadly it's almost impossible to make the government accountable for their bullsh!t.

Proxy3484d ago

Keeping our countries safe, because terrorists are too dumb to use encryption.


Serious, if you want to hide something, encrypt it and not even the government can break it easily.

ZootHornRollo3484d ago

the NSA already does this and has been for quite some time.

the program is called ECHELON.

ECHELON was capable of interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, e-mail and other data traffic globally through the interception of communication bearers including satellite transmission, public switched telephone networks and microwave links

enjoy the NWO

Skerj3484d ago

Yes that's wise, please compile a giant database of everyone's personal data, IM conversations, and emails. How about having a few soon to be disgruntled employees in charge of it all and possibly a security hole or two? No, I see no problem with this plan at all, it's damned flawless man!!

meepmoopmeep3484d ago (Edited 3484d ago )

i don't doubt that everything is already kept in a secret database.
The "LA LI LU LE LO" have already started this a long time ago.


soon we'll all be tagged with microchips at birth and mandatory enforcement
and our every thought will be recorded

technology FTW!

if you're paranoid you might as well become a hermit and vanish from the grid.

DNAgent3484d ago

I guess we should give our mail to the runners so they can run on the rooftops to avoid all of this.