Big brother to track all emails, internet history and telephone calls under £12billion government plan
Every person in Britain could have their internet history, email records and telephone calls tracked under a proposed £12billion plan by ministers.
The system - dubbed ’sinister’ by the Tories - would see hundreds of hidden devices planted to tap into communications on the internet and via mobile phone providers.
£1billion has already been allocated to the Government’s central intelligence agency GCHQ to finance the first stage of the controversial project.
The big brother scheme is set to attract fierce opposition from human rights groups.
Around 57 billion text messages were sent in the UK last year while the number of broadband internet connections has grown to 18 million.
MI5 currently conducts limited e-mail and website surveillance, but still requires permission from the Home Secretary on a case-by-case basis to carry out the checks.
If the new proposals are implemented, the intercepts would be comprehensive and automatic.
The Home Office said no formal decision had been taken and said it “did not recognise” the £12bn price tag being put on the system in some quarters.
But sources said officials had made clear that ministers had agreed “in principle” to the programme.
More details of the plan are expected to be revealed in the Queen’s Speech next month.
Where do I report to have the Microchip implanted so that all my movements can be monitored by This Big Brother State?
Graham, Bournemouth UK, 5/10/2008 16:37
Well I am sure they do it now….but of course you do not get to hear of it.
Its all in the name of making US more secure from those beastly terrorists.
Gawd help us, for no politician will.
Sid Jacques, Durham, 5/10/2008 16:40