Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Britain considers increased surveillance of "ordinary people's" Internet use

Britain’s Parliament is considering a proposal to let police and intelligence services regularly monitor the Internet communications of every citizens: texts, emails, chats, and social media posts, even under privacy settings, with little court supervision, according to a story in the Tuesday by Anthony Faiola and Ellen Nakashima in The Washington Post, link here.  The print front-page story is titled “U.K. considers broadening scope of online ‘snooping’; Intelligence proposal prompts outcry among privacy advocates”. 

Britain is already the most camera-monitored society on Earth (although the recent indie film on this subject, “Look”, reviewed on my Movies blog March 31, was filmed in LA). 

Britain even wants to monitor online game use and content.

The measures may have been motivated in large part by the “flash mob” problems in mid 2011.

The Post is also reporting that many Al Qaeda Internet forums have gone dark, and it’s not clear if this is because of government attacks, or because of a breakup of the group (a lot of it is likely to be the latter). 

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