16 January 2009

New internet law seen as an attack on freedom

by: Rita Jordão, in London

The measure comes into force in March and is described as an attack on “fundamental rights” and non-governmental organisations say they don’t trust the State to store personal data.

From March onwards, any firm that operates within the British online market will be obliged to store, over the period of one year, the data concerning every email that is sent or received within the United Kingdom. The measure is part of a combat plan against organised crime and terrorism, and despite the fact that the stored data doesn’t include the contents of emails, human rights defence groups allege that the new law collides with citizens’ personal freedoms and safety experts defend that the plan will be a waste of time and money.

“There will be a register for every email that is sent and received by every one of us, including non solicited emails”, Richard Clayton, from the security department of Cambridge University explained to the BBC. But the high costs that are involved are not the only problem with a plan that seems to be irritating the whole of the British society.

According to human rights defence organisation Liberty, the storage of said data is an “attack against the freedom” of the British. “The main problem that we have to worry about is what happens with this information. Because the government is already designing plans to create a base where all the data will be stored”, said Shami Chakrabarti, the organisation’s director.

Over the last 12 months, the British government was involved in countless scandals that involved the disappearance of vital information about British citizens.


source: Jornal de Notícias, 16.01.2009

1 comment:

  1. This is nearly impossible, to controle everything.What about sending emails to the McCann right now, telling them what you think about the case? By the way, somewhere I read that the telephonenumbers of Findmadeleine don't belong to the fund anymore.In his last interview in Portugal, Gerry refers to calls they are getting, from people who want to help them. What is the truth?

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