UPDATED : 2012.03.01 : See further down.
UK may store all phone calls and emails
The UK government is considering a massive database to store every person’s emails, phone calls, text messages and internet use. The plan was suggested as a tool to help security forces tackling crime and terrorism.
At the moment, records of phone calls and text messages are kept for up to 12 months by telecoms companies, in compliance with a European Union anti-terrorism directive.
But a new proposal by the UK Home Office would see internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies handing over records containing billions of emails as well as Internet usage and voice-over-Internet calls, media reports said on Tuesday.
Police and security services would only be granted access to the information after seeking permission from the courts. The UK was this year labelled an “endemic surveillance society” by a study of privacy protections worldwide.
Source: UK may store all phone calls and emails New Scientist
Every Telephone Call & Text You Make Will Be Logged For Each Year
“Information about every call from the UK’s mobile phones and landlines will have to be logged by operators for one year under an extension to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The Home Office has stressed that only information about the calls and texts, including the location in the case of mobile calls, will be logged and not the content. The information will be made available to 652 public bodies, including the Food Standards Agency, district and county councils and the Gaming Board, on request to a senior police official.”
• UK may store all phone calls and emails New Scientist
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UPDATE : 2012.03.01
And so it continues…
Email and web use ‘to be monitored’ under new laws (BBC News)
“The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon”