[LINK] UK - The net's eyes are watching
Fri, 16 Nov 2001 22:17:51 +1100 (EST)
UK - The net's eyes are watching
The new anti-terrorism bill may force internet firms to spy on us. S
A Mathieson reports
Thursday November 15, 2001
Anti-terrorism measures announced this week by the home secretary,
David Blunkett, will dramatically increase the amount of information
internet service providers can keep on their customers, the Home
Office has admitted.
Part 11 of the emergency anti-terrorism, crime and security bill,
announced on Tuesday, will allow internet service providers (ISPs) to
keep a year's worth of information on their customers' internet
activity. Two reasons are given: safeguarding national security, and
the prevention and detection of crime.
Most ISPs currently retain such data on emails for, at most, three
months. Others delete it immediately, or within days. None of the
ISPs interviewed by the Guardian say they store data on general
web-browsing against individual accounts.
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