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 Post subject: El Reg: ConLibs leave open question over net surveillance
PostPosted: Mon, 17 May 2010 09:04:24 +0000 
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/14/conlib_imp/

ConLibs leave open question over net surveillance

By Chris Williams

Posted in Government, 14th May 2010 10:02 GMT

As ministers settle in to their offices this week, the fate of arguably the most significant domestic security policy of the previous government has gone largely undiscussed.

The mostly-nebulous £2bn Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) must be a tempting cut to make, but it would be a brave politician who would take on the massed ranks of intelligence and police agencies.

It seems our dicephalous new government is cogniscent of this (doubly so, even?). The brief, vague ConLib agreement published on Wednesday contrived to be especially vague on the question of whether ISPs and mobile operators should be forced to intercept and store details of who their customers communicate with via web, email, VoIP, SMS and whatever else.

The seven-page accord pledged the "ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason".

To the civil libertarian this call for proportionality probably sounds great. Meanwhile, to surveillance advocates, the acceptance that there is a good reason to store internet and email records probably sounds great.

So, thus far the new government has told us nil about its policy on IMP.

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