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EU directive forces ISP information gathering on individuals

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EU directive forces ISP information gathering on individuals
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blackmetaljesusBannedUser avatarPosts: 42Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:58 am

Post EU directive forces ISP information gathering on individuals

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... eofcommons

"Today, an EU directive comes into force which will compel all internet service providers to retain information from all emails and website visits. Data from phone calls and text messages will also be stored and made available to the government, its agencies and local authorities. Having seen how local officials have abused anti-terrorist laws, it's not hard to imagine the damage to privacy that will ensure.

These powers were brought in by a statutory instrument and so were not debated by either house. The accepted view is that the Home Office now bypasses parliament by lobbying Europe directly in the knowledge that the measures they desire will go undebated and unscrutinised, then be smuggled into British law as a European directive.

It is difficult to think of anything that makes the House of Commons look more feckless or more redundant."

In future there may be sufficient Nationalist Euro MPs elected to change the EU. This is the only democratic way we can revoke these EU directives.
Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:51 pm
King Tyrant LizardBannedUser avatarPosts: 106Joined: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:31 pmLocation: Rhode Island

Post Re: EU directive forces ISP information gathering on individuals

So, I guess you Euros will finally understand what life with the patriot act is like, only worse it looks like. Good fucking luck, dudes. Never let'em take you alive! 8-)
Tue Apr 07, 2009 2:50 am
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PerpetuatedPosts: 5Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:13 pm

Post Re: EU directive forces ISP information gathering on individuals

Whilst I do completely and utterly find this reprehensible, it's not as bad as is being made out. If you SSL, you're fine. If you use Tor, you're fine. Only SMTP and POP3 headers are saved from emails, and most people use webmail anyway. Only website addresses are saved.

However, this is still too much: it unileterally undermines the right to privacy which is in Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights and opens the door to crimes of guilt by association and assumed guilt prior to trial.
Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:59 pm
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