Monday, 6 July 2009

Intercept Modernisation Programme

Please take a moment to give your views to the government regarding the Intercept Modernisation Programme. The consultation link is here. You only have until 20th July 2009
Here are a few criticisms of the programme:

# The plans are thought to involve spending £2bn on paying ISPs to install deep packet inspection equipment within their own networks, and obliging them to perform the cross-correlation and profiling of their users' behaviour.

# About 40 per cent of ISPs at say they do not currently have the capability to store the data. Hence costs will rise.

# "It is a hallmark of free societies that whilst the police target criminal suspects, government does not monitor the entire population."
Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti.

# "Officials from dozens of departments and quangos could know what you read online, and who all your friends are, who you emailed, when, and where you were when you did so - all without a warrant. ...Tracking your your every move is more efficiently creepy than reading your letters."
Guy Herbert, general secretary of NO2ID.

# Both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives have voiced their opposition to the idea so it would be best not to proceed in the current financial climate until the next election.

# "deep packet inspection is the electronic equivalent of opening people's mail. This is very important to me, as what is at stake is the integrity of the internet as a communications medium, clearly we must not interfere with the internet, and we must not snoop on the internet."
Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the internet.)

# The collection and searching of information on all telephone calls, texts, emails and web-browsing will be accessible to dozens of organisations without a warrant.

To respond to the consultation, you can email
or send your response by post to:

Nigel Burrowes
Communications Data Consultation
Room P.5.37
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Remember, this consultation ends on 20 July 2009.

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