[NetBehaviour] Snoop software makes surveillance a cinch.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Aug 30 01:43:21 CEST 2008
Snoop software makes surveillance a cinch.
"THIS data allows investigators to identify suspects, examine their
contacts, establish relationships between conspirators and place them in
a specific location at a certain time."
So said the UK Home Office last week as it announced plans to give
law-enforcement agencies, local councils and other public bodies access
to the details of people's text messages, emails and internet activity.
The move followed its announcement in May that it was considering
creating a massive central database to store all this data, as a tool to
help the security services tackle crime and terrorism.
Meanwhile in the US the FISA Amendments Act, which became law in July,
allows the security services to intercept anyone's international phone
calls and emails without a warrant for up to seven days. Governments
around the world are developing increasingly sophisticated electronic
surveillance methods in a bid to identify terrorist cells or spot
However, technology companies, in particular telecommunications firms
and internet service providers, have often been criticised for assisting
governments in what many see as unwarranted intrusion, most notably in
Now German electronics company Siemens has gone a step further,
developing a complete "surveillance in a box" system called the
Intelligence Platform, designed for security services in Europe and
Asia. It has already sold the system to 60 countries.
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