Saturday, September 13, 2003

The innocent have nothing to hide...

The British government is reviving plans to track everyone's communications. They are introducing a "voluntary" (meaning "backed by the threat of legislation") code of practice, under which phone companies and ISPs have to retain traffic data for up to a year. This includes customer names and addresses, calls and emails sent and received, web sites visited, and which cell your cellphone was in (i.e. where you've been, accurate to a hundred meters). And of course the data will be accessible by numerous government agencies, some of which won't even require warrants. All in the name of "fighting terrorism", of course.