Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans
By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor
Published: 12:40PM BST 20 Oct 2010
It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.
Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the surveillance state.
The plans were shelved by the Labour Government last December but the Home Office is now ready to revive them.
It comes despite the Coalition Agreement promised to "end the storage of internet and email records without good reason".
Any suggestion of a central "super database" has been ruled out but the plans are expected to involve service providers storing all users details for a set period of time.
That will allow the security and police authorities to track every phone call, email, text message and website visit made by the public if they argue it is needed to tackle crime or terrorism.
The information will include who is contacting whom, when and where and which websites are visited, but not the content of the conversations or messages.
The move was buried in the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, which revealed: "We will introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain communication data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework.
"This programme is required to keep up with changing technology and to maintain capabilities that are vital to the work these agencies do to protect the public.
"Communications data provides evidence in court to secure convictions of those engaged in activities that cause serious harm. It has played a role in every major Security Service counterterrorism operation and in 95 per cent of all serious organised crime investigations.
"We will legislate to put in place the necessary regulations and safeguards to ensure that our response to this technology challenge is compatible with the Government’s approach to information storage and civil liberties."
But Isabella Sankey, director of policy at Liberty, said: "One of the early and welcome promises of the new Government was to ‘end the blanket storage of internet and email records’.
"Any move to amass more of our sensitive data and increase powers for processing would amount to a significant U-turn. The terrifying ambitions of a group of senior Whitehall technocrats must not trump the personal privacy of law abiding Britons.”
Guy Herbert, general secretary of the No2ID campaign group, said: "We should not be surprised that the interests of bureaucratic empires outrank liberty.
"It is disappointing that the new ministers seem to be continuing their predecessors' tradition of credulousness."
And this from a Government which pledged to roll back the State and end the erosion of freedoms imposed by the previous administration. If we needed any further proof that the Party System is a fraud, this is it. Regardless of the alleged political ideology of the party officially in power, the Establishment continues to direct policy from behind closed doors. The democratic system can be seen as a relay race, with the baton being passed from one runner to the next. The baton remains the same, and the end goal never changes. It is all just for the entertainment and manipulation of the people.
All over England people are bemoaning the replacement of the Labour administration with the Tory-Whigg Coalition. People have forgotten that it was under the last administration that immigration was ratcheted up to the point that no one has any idea of how many illegal immigrants, and hostile aliens are in this country. The people have forgotten that the Banks were given free rein to wreck the economy (and did so), and that the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia were started under that regime.
People who one would hope have the sense to see a pantomime act for what it is, are becoming vocal in protest at the asset stripping and financial persecution of the people we are experiencing. Sadly this valuable and vital reaction is being channelled into support for the previous regime! So long as the Masonically created Party System remains and people fall into the phony Left-Right paradigm, we will be stuck in this mire. The solution to the Party System is not to join it and fight it (in truth become another pawn on the chess board), but to reject it and to establish an existence beyond the Establishments reach.
We must Home School our children, trade with one another with alternative currencies (or barter), and defend ourselves rather than submit to the uninterested tyranny of the Police. politics is a game. the only way to win is to not take part.
As for the surveillance society, we already live in it. the measures above as detailed by the Establishment media, are simply the codification of this surveillance. They want us to be scared and to submit like serfs. We must not! We must study their machinations then live outside their control. Otherwise we will be as flies in a spiders web, desperately struggling to live inside the system with no hope of breaking free.