Internet Black Boxes to Record All Online Activity

Now this is downright scary. Apparently, the British government has plans to establish an Internet “Black Box” system where every British computer user connected to the Internet would get his email and browsing activity sent to a giant, centralized database.

The vision was outlined at a meeting between officials from the Home Office and Internet Service Providers earlier this week.

It is further evidence of the Government’s desire to have the capability to vet every telephone call, email and internet visit made in the UK, which has already provoked an outcry.

The proposal is expected to be put out to consultation as part of the new Communications Data Bill early next year.

I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this scream “BIG BROTHER” into your ears? It just makes me glad that I’m living in Canada.

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10 Responses to Internet Black Boxes to Record All Online Activity

    • Yeah, but we’re talking about a centralized governmental database here… probably a bit like they’re doing in China.

      • Still I don’t think it’s that mindblowing, if they really want to see what you’re doing it’s not too hard already. But yeah it’s definitely really invasive and a little unnerving.

    • Yeah, but we're talking about a centralized governmental database here… probably a bit like they're doing in China.

      • Still I don't think it's that mindblowing, if they really want to see what you're doing it's not too hard already. But yeah it's definitely really invasive and a little unnerving.

  1. That’s pretty scary. Saving it to a central database means that given enough time and computing horsepower they could probably crack even encrypted communications.

    • I would imagine that companies behind encryption algorithms have ‘deals’ with governments and security services anyway ;)

  2. That's pretty scary. Saving it to a central database means that given enough time and computing horsepower they could probably crack even encrypted communications.