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[FYI] (Fwd) BBC Online 25/5/2000: "Watching while you surf"
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Watching while you surf
PCs might soon be watching people surf on their PC
By BBC News Online internet reporter Mark Ward The UK is leading the
world when it comes to high-tech spying on its citizens, say civil
liberty and privacy groups.
The campaigners fear that if a bill that is getting its second
reading in the House of Lords on Thursday becomes law, the police and
security forces would gain abilities to snoop on British citizens
using the internet that are "unprecedented in peacetime".
They allow anyone to watch the websites you are browsing in real time
Caspar Bowden, Foundation for Information Policy Research If the
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill is passed, internet
service providers will be forced to install black boxes in their data
centres that connect directly to an MI5 monitoring centre in London.
Caspar Bowden, director of the Foundation for Information Policy
Research, says the bill and the black boxes give police vastly
increased powers to snoop.
"They will allow anyone to watch the websites you are browsing in
The government says the RIP bill is simply updating the powers of the
police for the digital age. It claims the bill will help them track,
trace and tap high-tech criminals who are using the internet.
"The bill does not give the law enforcement agencies anymore powers
than they already have," said a Home Office spokesman.
But Mr Bowden says that the bill makes it much easier for the police
to force net service providers to provide a list of the websites
customers are visiting.
Currently if the police want to eavesdrop on private communications
they have to get a judicial or ministerial permission in the form of
This change also has the Data Protection Commission worried. "The
judicial process is an independent review of whether the intrusion is
justified," said David Smith, assistant data protection commissioner.
He said without these checks there was a danger that the right to
personal privacy would be infringed.
The Home Office spokesman says the bill imposes greater restrictions
on the ability of the police to tap communications.
"The bill will restrict the use of these powers more than they are at
the moment," he said. "The police will have to satisfy more checks
than they do now."
Mr Bowden says the government has overlooked key facts about the way
that the internet works.
A phone call can be tapped because it directly connects the people
talking. By contrast data travelling over the internet is chopped up
into packets and reaches a destination by any number of routes.
"If you want to tap anything on the internet, you have to tap
everything and throw away what you don't want," he says
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