UK: Home Office consultation on mandatory retention of all internet usage

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MANDATORY RETENTION OF ALL INTERNET USAGE: Home Office consultation: Transposition of Directive 2006/24/EC (pdf), which concerns:

"the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks.. [to] ensure that certain data is retained to enable public authorities to undertake their lawful activities to investigate, detect and prosecute crime and to protect the public."

In plain english the government wants to keep and access everyone's internet usage and internet telephony in the UK - more than 1 billion items a day.

See: 'Snooper's charter' to check texts and emails (Guardian, link) and
Statewatch's Observatory: The Surveillance of telecommunications in the EU

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