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Thursday, July 5, 2012

1984 - A British internet nightmare

Irony  -  Big Brother cameras watch George Orwell's home. 
The ever-watchful leader in the novel 1984, has popped up all around George Orwell's former home in London.  If you haven't had your daily dose of irony yet, here it is. Within 200 yards of George Orwell's flat 27B overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London, there are thirty-two CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras.
Orwell's view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights. The flat's rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.

POLICE STATE  -  So-called "Conservatives" in Britain work to create a 1984 Orwellian nightmare world
  • The UK Conservative Party wants to record every phone, email, text messages, Skype and web-mail in Britain.
  • Now the Conservative Party wants to share that private data with foreign police
  • Don;t worry  -  it's all for your "protection" 

The UK Conservative Party government announced that foreign police forces will be able to obtain details of the British public’s Internet use, emails and text messages.  In a controversial move, MPs were told that officials in Europe and the US will be able to take advantage of the Home Office’s proposed ‘snoopers’ charter’.

The information could be used for pursuing UK citizens for crimes which allegedly took place while they were on holiday or over the Internet.

Tory MP Dominic Raab said: ‘It is deeply troubling that foreign authorities will be able to access all our phone, email, text messages, Skype and web-mail data.
Tory MP Dominic Raab
attacks his own government.

‘The Government has a lousy track record of its own in safeguarding this data. And if Whitehall can’t protect our privacy, what chance when it is shovelled off to Warsaw?’
Home Secretary Theresa May is braced for a battle with civil liberties groups, backbench MPs and some Internet companies over the Communications Capabilities Development Programme.

It will force Internet service providers to keep the data of every website visit, email, text message and visit to Facebook or Skype for a minimum of 12 months.

Police and other government agencies will not be able to access the content of the emails or messages – but will know who was contacted, when and by what method.

The addresses of website visits – which build up a full picture of a person’s interests – will also be available.
     (UK Daily Mail)

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