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January 06, 2009

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Spot the difference between what this government is doing, and what they would be doing if they were actually building a police state (hat tip to Anonymous). Expect the sound of crickets from "the left".

The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant. The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.

The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

A remote search can be granted if a senior officer says he “believes” that it is “proportionate” and necessary to prevent or detect serious crime — defined as any offence attracting a jail sentence of more than three years.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2009 12:43 AM

Comments

Freedom means nothing to these people. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I begin to wonder if they aren't actually hostile to the concept.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2009 09:05 AM