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U.K. to spend 12 bln pounds to spy on calls and e-mails

#1
http://en.rian.ru/world/20081005/117440293.html

The U.K. authorities are considering spending up to 12 billion pounds ($21 billion) on a database to keep information on Internet intercepts, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain, The Sunday Times reported.

U.K. officials say live monitoring is necessary to fight terrorism and crime. However, critics have doubts about whether such a vast system can be kept secure, the paper said.

The British security service MI5 currently conducts limited e-mail and website intercepts only under warrants from the home secretary, the paper said.

According to The Sunday Times, the government's eavesdropping center, GCHQ, has already been allocated 1 billion British pounds ($21 billion) to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of secret probes are believed to be installed on two of the country's biggest Internet and mobile phone providers - BT and Vodafone - to monitor customers live, the paper said.
They are interesting rumours.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4882622.ece

Every call you make, every e-mail you send, every website you visit - I’ll be watching you.

That is the hope of Sir David Pepper who, as the director of GCHQ, the government’s secret eavesdropping agency in Cheltenham, is plotting the biggest surveillance system ever created in Britain
 

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KGB_resident said:
According to The Sunday Times, the government's eavesdropping center, GCHQ, has already been allocated 1 billion British pounds ($21 billion) to finance the first stage of the project.
Well b*gger me - I wish the exchange rate had been that good when I was over there the other week!
 
#4
Why bother spending that amount of money, why don't they just give a laptop or USB pen to a Governement worker and within the week I am sure they would have lost it on the train or left it in the Loo, that way everyone will get the chance to have a read!
 
#6
Just turn the project over to EDS............ they'll screw it up in a heart beat and then EVERYONE'S info will be all over the internet in a week!
 

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