Sunday, April 05, 2009

Spied upon till we die

Via everyone who is not asleep, dead or ridiculously pig-ignorant, tomorrow sees the implementation of an outrageous new invasion of privacy.
A European Union directive, which Britain was instrumental in devising, comes into force which will require all internet service providers to retain information on email traffic, visits to web sites and telephone calls made over the internet, for 12 months.

Police and the security services will be able to access the information to combat crime and terrorism.

Will it be used to combat crime and terrorism? No. It will be used to spy upon us and to make our lives more miserable. It will be used to persecute generally law-abiding citizens, and it will be used to extend the powers of the state.

Will it even be used for combatting serious crime?
Hundreds of public bodies and quangos, including local councils, will also be able to access the data to investigate flytipping and other less serious crimes.

Oh. No. What a big, fat fucking surprise.
A Home Office spokesman said: "It is the Government's priority to protect public safety and national security. That is why we are completing the implementation of this directive, which will bring the UK in line with our European counterparts.

Go fuck yourself, you Home Office wanker: you civil service arseholes are the machinery that makes this totalitarian regime possible.

And I have to echo Old Holborn...
We are pathetic cowards and fools. Even on this blog, the word was “don’t riot” or we’ll all be in really big trouble.

WE ARE IN REALLY BIG TROUBLE.
...

The sooner all of us we realise that we are in the end game, the better.

We are fucked. Not only are we fucked, but we are all walking—sheep-like—into the slaughterhouse.

Wave goodbye to your freedom, you fucking social democrat fuckwits; we know that this is what you wanted, but why did you have to take the rest of us with you?

13 comments:

Henry North London said...

Time for pigeon post and sealing wax I would say

Roger Thornhill said...

Any self-(dis)respecting terrorist or kiddie fiddler would have or will soon take measures against this.


Therefore, the pretence to "protecting" against terrorism and serious crime is utter hogwash. Any tool who pitches up trying to convince us of that will be either

a) Lying
b) a useful idiot parroting inanities
c) An imbecile
d) All the above

What is amazing is the near total swallowing of the Government line by the MSM. Most should just be laughing the stance out of court, ripping it to shreds, but I do not see this happening.

Again we see the mentality to "protect". This is to suggest that one proactively remove all possible threats and does not take into account freedom of the individual, personal responsibility and assessment of risk depending on circumstances by an adult or others under the supervision of adults.

We need "defence". We need a ready, willing and capable response to when something or someone transgresses. You know, like THE LAW does? Well, the Common Law, at least. And that is part of our problem.

Anonymous said...

Is Britain again the only country to comply with this "EU" directive?

Anonymous said...

If memory serves, this law is a case of classic policy laundering, i.e. this was pushed by our government, through as an EU directive, so it didn't have to go through parliament. Worth checking, but I think SpyBlog had something on this some time ago.

Anonymous said...

EU Directive here:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2006/l_105/l_10520060413en00540063.pdf

The Filthy Smoker said...

"A European Union directive, which Britain was instrumental in devising, comes into force which will require all internet service providers to retain information on email traffic, visits to web sites and telephone calls made over the internet, for 12 months."

"A Home Office spokesman said: "It is the Government's priority to protect public safety and national security. That is why we are completing the implementation of this directive, which will bring the UK in line with our European counterparts".

What the fuck??

Ian B said...

About this EU directive thing, I can't seem to find anywhere whether other EU provinces have implemented it, or are going to implement.

Anyone got any info on this?

Also, something I mentioned on Charlotte Gore's blog- my email servers are in the USA on a private hosting account for my own domain. I'm presuming this email tracking is the server logs of email services provided by UK hosts and ISPs offering email service. If that's the case, you can presumably avoid logging emails by using foreign email servers. Or am I as a UK citizen obligated to keep these logs from servers in the USA?

Also, what about private companies hosting their own email servers on their own equipment in their own server rooms?

Roger Thornhill said...

IanB,

I suspect they can hoover up your email via the ISP.

Ian B said...

Roger, yes they could do that since the data packets are being carried by my ISP, but that isn't what this regulation demands. The normal logs will just show me contacting a server in the USA, not the email addresses or headers or anything. You'd need the email server's logs to get that information.

There must be somebody reading this who adminstrates an email server...?

Giolla said...

IanB,

I've mailed a few mail servers in my time, and still run a few for personal(ish) use. And depending on how your mail is set up your ISP won't log a damn thing.

If you use their servers at all for inbound or outbound traffic then they'll log the envelope as required by law. If both your inbound and outbound servers are elsewhere then unless your ISP is doing packet logging (which has a huge overhead) then they'll log nothing at all. You just need to worry about whatever logging is mandated by whatever jurisdiction your mail servers are actuallylocated in.

Giolla said...

That of course should have said "administered a few mail servers" rather than "mailed a few mail servers"

Anonymous said...

There's an answer to this, you know.

http://superawesomebroadband.com/

I don't run this service, nor do I run http://www.swissvpn.net/

Both of these services set up an encrypted Virtual Private Network between wherever the end user is and a box in Switzerland; from the ethernet card of the user to the ethernet card of the Swiss box everything is encrypted and although it can be sniffed, the sniffed traffic is infeasible to break into.

If this sort of thing becomes routine, I would predict that Switzerland will move out of banking and into provision of secure email and Virtual Private Networks, just to circumvent the rapaciously intrusive European Union.

Ian B said...

Thanks Giolla,

Both my inbound and outbound run through the offshore server at my webhosts.

One thing, I set up a domain for my sister and her husband to use solely for mail (not out of paranoia, just conveninence) on the same account and had some trouble getting outbound working as their ISP was blocking the usual port for email (gone blank, can't remember the number). This appears to be quite common practice, to force users to use the ISP's outgoing email server. Luckily an alternative port worked fine. That's something for people moving their email offshore to be aware of.