Giant UK Snoopers Database Could be Managed Privately

The government is to propose next month that management of its huge Communications Bill database, which would contain logs of everybody's telephone calls, emails and website accesses (not the content though), be tendered out to a private company.

Putting such data in the hands of a private company seems to be bordering on the insane, though many would probably suggest that putting it in the hands of the government is equally ludicrous. They do after all have a habit of losing our data:

A Home Office spokesman told BBC News Online: "The communications revolution has been rapid in this country and the way in which we collect communications data needs to change so that law enforcement agencies can maintain their ability to tackle serious crime and terrorism.

To ensure that we keep up with technological advances we intend to consult widely on proposals in the New Year. We have been very clear that there are no plans for a database containing the content of emails, texts or conversations."

Speaking personally, those whom are not under suspicion of a crime should not be having any such information logged or store; it is clearly a gross violation of an individual's right to privacy. Once started down this road the slopes can become very slippery indeed.

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