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EU snooping on citizens - the story so far.

by Colman Thu Nov 10th, 2005 at 04:51:38 AM EST

Digital Rights Ireland have a good summary of the events so far in the attempt by the British, Irish and French governments to push draconian surveillance of electronic communications EU-wide.

Our government is deeply involved with an attempt to impose a system of ‘data retention’ across Europe - tracking all telephone calls, internet usage, and even people’s everyday physical location (if they use a mobile) and leaving that huge mass of data for telecoms companies to look after, unless and until, any member state would like to rummage through it.

Just like the rules we have in Ireland, so I probably shouldn't be writing this ...


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spying is done on an enemy who you dont trust and whose motivations you mostly dont understand.

spying is done out of fear.

so:
why do the govts of europe fear and distrust us ?
why do they look upon and treat us as their enemy ?

by name (name@spammez_moi_sivouplait.org) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 02:32:44 AM EST
Because of the terrorists. You know, chief bogeymen.

Now, we didn't need this stuff when we had proper organised terrorists operating here, but that's before everything changed.

Or possibly it's just that they feel able to indulge their authoritarian urges more openly. This stuff passed here without much comment in the media.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:11:42 AM EST
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