Now the government plan to snoop Facebook, Bebo & MySpace

25 March 2009

Is Britain edging closer to becoming a 21st century version of Cold War-era East Germany? Quite possibly, if the government’s latest ‘counter-terrorism’ plans come to fruition.

New proposals have been made to police MySpace, Bebo and Facebook, social networks that are used by an estimated 25 million Brits.  The idea comes on top of existing plans to allow the storage of information about every phone call, email and internet visit made by every single one of us. Eek!

In the wake of the 2005 London terrorist attacks, an EU directive was made proposing the retention of email and internet usage info as part of a counter-terrorist database. Now social networks are to be added to that directive, and the likes of Facebook and Bebo could be forced to record and retain info about every user’s browsing habits and who they communicate with.

Do you have known terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden, Carlos The Jackal or Gary Glitter among your Facebook friends? If you do, it might be a good idea to drop them like a hot potato before the UK Stasi come a-knocking on your door.

[Independent]

TOPICS:   Social Media   Government   Privacy

31 comments

  • -=Mike H.
    I have Baron Greenback from Danger Mouse poking me every day, he's such a wag.
  • acecatcher3
    since when was gary glitter a terrorist andy haha!
  • acecatcher3
    i watched enemy of the state recently, i know its only a film but im sure it is really easy for police and government to get every bit of info possible about with a small amount of effort, tis quite scary really, but gary will stay on my facebook friends list in afraid, ive known him since i was little and weve been thru alot.
  • Darren W.
    Im all for it, im not terrorist and i aint got anything to hide, if it helps to a crime and war free world then im glad.... I just cant stand all this environmental crap at the moment...
  • blackgerbil1
    facebook only good for getting gyal, ya get me, link>juck>delete off friends amirite?
  • acecatcher3
    what a ridiculous thing to say ^^^ there should be a report function on this site now guys.
  • Shaune
    If it helps prevent terrorism then so be it, Were already being watched, Nobody has any privacy so won't make much difference.
  • Will
    [quote] what a ridiculous thing to say ^^^ there should be a report function on this site now guys. [/quote] Totally agree. It wouldn't be difficult to implement at all. What a complete prick that guy is. I don't have anything to hide, so I'm happy for them to get that information. The internet causes most of the problems in the world! It needs the be policed a lot better than it is currently.
  • blackgerbil1
    lol @ WILL, "nothing to hide" your pathetic, with comments like that no wonder all of us UKers are getting walked over by people taking our jobs. Grow a pair. "they took ourr jobs"
  • stasi
    They already informally police/snoop it - what this does is force facebook et al to retain everything posted to it. Yet more privacy and civil liberties being eroded. :|
  • acecatcher3
    i dont really go on facebook much anyway as i keep gettin notifications which insinuate that id be interested in meeting new single men in my area :S if it can stop terrorism tho im all for it, facebook isnt very private anyway is it.
  • stasi
    wMy Wheelie-bin isn't very private either - but I wouldn't like people snooping through that either.
  • patrickmcgoohanlives
    They're not the only ones. The BBC monitors Facebook for posts they may consider provocative and will terminate any community account with themselves if they feel threatened by you behaviour elsewhere on the web. One mildly provocative post of mine on Facebook was all it took to get banned. So take care!
  • blackgerbil1
    touche Stasi, touche.
  • acecatcher3
    u shud buy a shredder.
  • -=Mike H.
    ^^ Like the one in Teenage Mutant Hero/Ninja Turtles ace? ^^
  • Darren W.
    BLACKGERBIL - “they took ourr jobs” What a crap comment to make, you make it out as if a highly skilled workforce are coming over to Britain and taking our jobs, I bet there are a bunch of brain surgeons shitting themselves due to Eastern workers coming over to take our jobs... I listened once on a radio show about a bloke who was worried about them taking our jobs, when asked what he did for a living, he was a box packer.... surely he could better himself! are you a box packer?
  • blackgerbil1
    Hi darren, no im a model and part time stockbroker. I earn 120k a year, and drive a 40k merc, why?
  • Ian P.
    I can't see terrorists making big use of afacebook myself... and the resources to monitor it wil be huge.. i.e. another raft of public sector jobs...
  • acecatcher3
    ye mike obvs!! i didnt mean a paper shredder!! btw i swear ur comments just pop up out of nowhere....are ur comments moderated or something because i thought i was first post then 5 mins later ur comment is on top of mine??
  • MinstrelMan
    oh hi guys, so this is where the banter's at? can I just state that Baron von Greenback's facebook profile is that of a fake, I shit you not! Police can have access to my missus' facebook theres about 4000 wannabe terrorists as her friends and 2000 kiddy fiddlers, needless to say they're mainly from t'eygpt and the likes, not that I'm stereotypical or owt, but it the turban fits?
  • acecatcher3
    lol @minstrel, hows life dude??
  • CC
    STASI - They already informally police/snoop it - what this does is force facebook et al to retain everything posted to it. Yet more privacy and civil liberties being eroded. :| ------ facebook already store everything posted anyway?? no change here im afraid... another useless story....
  • acecatcher3
    @ CC - [email protected] - Why dont u write to bitterwallet and give them a constructive suggestion on an article they could write, or maybe click the "write for bitterwallet" link if u think u cud do better. in b4 ur excuse for not taking them up on opportunity to write for BW
  • CC
    acecatcher, im here to criticize not write articles. if they pay me i might.
  • -=Mike H.
    Yo ace, yeah my comments are moderated as, 'apparently' I have keyboard tourettes and I fucking swear too much.. shit cakes! I mean come of for fucks sake, I hardly ever cunting well swear... shite! It's either that or my comments are so Avant-Garde for the BW society... bollocks, fuck, wank! FYI - Posted @ 1358hrs... fuck
  • acecatcher3
    lol mike i thought so they just pop up out of nowhere so i have to double check the comments haha!
  • Darren W.
    BLACKGERBIL - “they took ourr jobs” you must be minging and a poor stockbroker if your worried about foreigners coming taking your job... Bless ya, how is the high and mighty catalogue work doing?
  • The A.
    Fine in theory, however like other "anti-terror" laws the government has brought in it will be abused by the police/local authorities, like when anti terror laws were used to snoop on a family when investigating a school placement. THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES!
  • Carl B.
    How many ‘Job Tenders’ might have been intercepted and details sold to contacts for large sums of money. Was your company one of those companies who missed vital contracts to remain business due to interception of details given? It is most likely that large International Companies, are becoming increasingly aware that all of their Business Transmissions through the UK are at risk, and important contracts may well be in jeopardy due to interception. Hence Britain now becomes a non-place to do business in by, phone, e-mail. All political Parties are to blame for allowing (by not contesting) such abuses to run out of control and jeopardizing our country’s chances of economic survival. Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk
  • brandon
    you should encrypt your email and communications. or use some type of code that is hard to translate

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