Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Nanny drags Britain ever further down the road of total surveillance.
Nanny's Home Orifice has announced that information about all landline and mobile phone calls, made in the UK, must now be logged and stored for a year under new laws. The data collected about calls made and received will be available to a staggering 652 public bodies, including the police and councils.
However, please do not be alarmed, Nanny has promised that the content of calls and texts would not be read.
So that's alright then!
Minister for Security and Counter-terrorism Tony McNulty attempted to turn the new rules into a nice way of helping old ladies fix their gas cookers.
"Say some old lady has got difficulties
with someone who's repaired the gas in
her house and has a mobile phone
for somebody who's clearly dodgy.
The local authorities can just get the
subscriber information next to that number.
The second level of data is not simply
the subscriber, but also the calls made by that phone.
And the third level which is purely
for the security forces, police, etc,
is not just the subscriber information
and the calls made, but also the calls
coming in and location data -
where the calls are made from."
McNulty claims that local councils would only have access to data on "a legitimate and proportional basis".
Who the hell trusts local councils with any task, let alone one that gives them snooping rights?
The Home Orifice also promised that local councils will not use the data as a means to collect taxes....errrrmm, anyone believe that?