The Government wants to record EVERYTHING you do online. Here’s what you can do about it

There are moves afoot – hidden from public view – to capture and store everything that you do online, on your phone and your mobile. Here’s the background and what you can do about it.

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There are private discussions going on between the Government and UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – and it’s one of interest to you, because they’re talking about how they are going to record everything that you do online.

Snooper’s Charter
Officially known as the Communications Data Bill – but more commonly refereed to as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ – it currently intends to supplement your Internet usage with the details of every phone call you make and receive, as well as email that you send.

All of this information will then potentially be available to the Government and their agencies – even those that have nothing to do with law and order.

Discussions are hidden from public gaze
What’s most worrying is that this isn’t being done out in the open, but in secret, behind closed doors – beyond the public gaze.

The Open Rights Group has written an open letter to the heads of the UK ISPs in an attempt to get their attention on the matter.

Massive costs
In addition to the as-yet-never-attempted grab (and hold) of all of your online activity for a year, it’s also expected that this is going to cost the Government (ie tax payers) a fortune to implement and run – with current estimates at £2Bn, reportedly to be taken from the front-line Policing budget.

The Security Minister James Brokenshire MP said: “This legislation is vital to help catch paedophiles, terrorists and other serious criminals.”

Everyone’s details would be captured
Because of its all encompassing nature, it will of course, capture everything about everybody else in the process.

It appears that the number of Government agencies that are requesting access to this data is also ballooning. “Council staff, health and safety inspectors and even Royal Mail want to harness the Government’s proposed “Snoopers’ Charter” to monitor private emails, telephone records and Internet use”, say Big Brother Watch.

Cameron advisor: “I don’t trust future governments”
An advisor to Number 10, Ben Hammersley, is even concerned about it, pointing out, “I don’t trust future governments. The successors of the politicians who put this in place might not be trustworthy.”

What can you do?
If you don’t think this is being gone about the right way, or you are at all worried that people who are not connected with law enforcement could be give access to your Web browsing data/email/phone calls/texts, the Open Right Group have created a simple way to voice your disapproval.

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Wednesday, 24th April, 2013 11:49am

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19 Comments

  1. Darcy's comment is rated +7 Vote +1 Vote -1

    24.Apr.2013 1:21pm

    If you value freedom and openness sign their petition. Another pressure group with a good track record is 38degrees.org.uk. They’re the ones who helped save the forests and fight for the NHS. I’m sure they are already onto the case.
    Everything right with tracking suspects but assuming everyone is guilty is an attack on civil liberties.

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  2. tryme's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    24.Apr.2013 1:25pm

    I was going to sign it, then saw they wanted all my personal details! Herumph…

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    • Sally Perry's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      24.Apr.2013 1:28pm

      This was raised by someone else on Twitter, Open Rights Group replied, “Hi, in order to prove you are UK citizen within a constituency you need to give your address when writing to an MP.”

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      • tryme's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

        24.Apr.2013 1:34pm

        Yes, Sally, I know there is a reason for these things. But I would still prefer not to commit my personal details online except when strictly necessary. When writing to an MP, or even emailing him, there would be less of a potential ‘audience’ to it than with this – I imagine.

        I’m not trying to put anyone off though, just voicing what makes me hesitate to respond, rightly or wrongly.

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      • Darcy's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

        24.Apr.2013 1:36pm

        That’s right. 38 Degrees also ask for details because they pass on your comments to your local MP. But I feel at the moment I can trust them.
        In truth we don’t know whether we’re all being monitored already. I suspect we are.

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        • tryme's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

          24.Apr.2013 1:39pm

          And they’re just trying to make it legal, Darcy?!

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            24.Apr.2013 1:42pm

          • tryme's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

            24.Apr.2013 1:43pm

            Feeling ” at the moment” you can trust 38 Degrees, is the same issue as against how future governments might misuse information monitoring. Who might take over 38 Degrees, or who might access their info? Too late once given, to nicely ask for it back!

          • Darcy's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

            24.Apr.2013 1:49pm

            I think you have to assume that your views are being monitored and unless you hit on a list of key words or phrases, it’s unlikely they will be acted on. The more people who protest however, the harder it will be for politicians to legitimise it.

  3. steephilljack's comment is rated +7 Vote +1 Vote -1

    24.Apr.2013 2:59pm

    An advisor to Number 10, Ben Hammersley, is even concerned about it, pointing out, “I don’t trust future governments. The successors of the politicians who put this in place might not be trustworthy.”
    Ho, ho, ho ! Nice one Ben. I don’t trust this government or any government, so there !

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  4. Robert Jones's comment is rated +9 Vote +1 Vote -1

    24.Apr.2013 3:46pm

    I love this “successor governments might not be trustworthy”! Who the Hell trusts the present one? We “can’t afford” to pay reasonable benefits and pensions, we’re told; but we can spend £2 billion on this, £10 million on Lady Thatcher’s funeral … they take us for morons.. they really do.

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    • tryme's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

      24.Apr.2013 4:04pm

      “As every family knows, we can’t spend what we don’t have..” But it always turns out we can, as you say Robert! (£44 billion to enhance the train-drain from Glasgow to the south, I believe…)

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  5. Bystander's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

    24.Apr.2013 3:46pm

    Even if they do succeed in implementing this that is likely to be the start of the real resistance they are going to face. How do they intend to get around services like Tor for instance?
    And what to stop someone developing an equivalent to Denial Of Service attacks, but instead of targeting one web site servers having everyones pc’s sending requests to thousands of random web sites whenever the computer is not in use. That would flood them with enormous streams of data which could also be programmed to include their key words/phrases effectively throwing any monitoring into chaos.

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  6. Mark L Francis's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    25.Apr.2013 10:35am

    So the Government want to use paedophiles & terrorists as an excuse to deny everyone’s privacy.
    At the height of the European witch-hunts the French jurist Jean Bodin said it was better to kill a million witches than to let one go free (& presumaby turn us all into frogs). This is more of the same & can be used to justify almost anything.

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    • tryme's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      25.Apr.2013 11:23am

      And the usual ” If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear” gets trotted out, as though agreeing to have no privacy is the only mark of an innocent person.

      This also relates to the ‘PFI contractor to stop drivers for traffic survey’ that is running concurrently OTW.

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  7. bydaway's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    25.Apr.2013 1:01pm

    Some welcome news, Old Cleggy has it would seem put the dampers on the cunning and dastardly plans of Theresa May and the Tory hordes.. Link to article….
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/25/snoopers-charter-nick-clegg-agreement.

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  8. Darcy's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

    26.Apr.2013 8:43pm

    Contributors to this string might be interested in the following link which was part of an email II received today. A battle won but no doubt more to do!
    http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2013/04/26/we-won/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+38DegreesBlog-PeoplePowerChange+%2838+Degrees+-+people.+power.+change.%29

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