Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Every internet click to be monitored by the state

At a cost of £380 per minute. Of your money, being used to spy on you.

An astonishing £380 a minute will be spent on surveillance in a massive expansion of the Big Brother state.

The £200million-a-year sum will give officials access to details of every internet click made by every citizen - on top of the email and telephone records already available.

It is a 1,700 per cent increase on the cost of the current surveillance regime.

Last night LibDem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne described the sum as 'eye-watering'.

'There is already enough concern at the level of Government snooping,' he said.

'In an era of tough spending choices, it cannot be a justified response to the problems we face as a country to lavish millions of pounds a year on state spying.

'The increase in money spent on tapping phones and emails is all the more baffling when Britain is still one of the few countries not to allow intercept evidence in court, even in terrorist cases.'

What about that EU extradition law? Allowing countries to drag people from one country to another, and try them under their own laws?

State bodies including councils are already making one request every minute to spy on the phone records and email accounts of members of the public.

The number of snooping missions carried out by police, town halls and other government departments has rocketed by 44 per cent in two years to a rate of 1,381 new cases every day.

Ministers say the five-year cost of the existing regime is £55.61million, an average of £11million a year.

This is paid to phone companies and service providers to meet the cost of keeping and providing private information about customers.

A cost imposed by guess who, THE EU! Try Directive 2006/24/EC; on retaining data generated through electronic communications or public communications networks. You can view the original on the EUR-Lex, here.

The cost of the new system emerged in a series of Parliamentary answers.

It is to cover payments to internet service providers so they can store mountains of information about every customer for a minimum of 12 months, and set up new systems to cope.

The actual content of calls and emails is not be kept - only who they were from or to, when they took place and where they were sent from.

Well that can change. This can only get more intrusive and pervasive.

Police, security services and other public authorities can then request access to the data as part of investigations.

Some 653 bodies are currently allowed access, including councils, the Financial Services Authority, the Ambulance Service and fire authorities and prison governors.

So, they take your information, your personal data, formally just between you and your telco, and share it among millions of public sector workers and across the EU.

And they have the fucking audacity to try and shame people into accepting it with the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' speech.

Well I have something to fear from having my information, from DNA to internet clicks, shared among millions. Would you prefer one copy of your passport, in your safekeeping, or millions of copies made and distributed to fuck knows where to be seen by fuck knows who? And this is to fight crime, bullshit. The police are looking to spend millions of handheld DNA, iris scanners (of our money remember) and tell assaulted girls there is no money to take DNA samples.

The new rules allowing access to internet records will be introduced by Parliament before the end of the year.

They are known as the Intercept Modernisation Programme.

They should call it the 'EU Slave Database', much better ring to it.

Ministers had originally wanted to store the information on a massive Government-run database, but chose not to because of privacy concerns.

Yesterday Alex Deane, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: 'The Government is preparing to make British people pay through the nose so that they can track our movements online.'

But a Home Office spokesman said the costs involved were entirely separate from those necessary to comply with the European Data Retention Directive, which requires the storage of phone and email records.

So how much does the EU cost then Is that part of the £40 million a day it is already costing us?

'Communications data is crucial to the fight against crime and keeping people safe,' he added.

The only person you can really count on to keep you safe is yourself. Not the state. We all the police have been made impotent, not that it is even physically impossible for them to prevent crimes before they happen. Only the 'victim' can do that.

'We have made clear that there are no plans to collect and hold the content of everyone's communications.'

Not yet.

Fabians pride themselves on 'incremental warfare.' Slowly, step by step, they enact their plans against Britain. This is yet another.

There were 504,073 made last year to intercept email and telephone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. It was passed ostensibly to fight terrorism.

But it has been used to spy on people suspected of putting their bins out on the wrong day, dropping litter and attempting to cheat school catchment area rules.

Incremental warfare. This is also called 'function creep' in the IT world.

This government needs to be utterly destroyed and the neo Communists, the Communitarians, hung from lamp posts on London Bridge. The new sticks to beat freedom out of the population are now 'terrorism' and 'climate change'. Oh man we so need a revolution!

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