BRITISH GOVERNMENT plans to install black boxes at ISPs around the country, in order to log every email and web site visit its citizens make, are taking shape.
Shady Home Office officials have had talks with representatives from British based ISPs including BT, AOL Europe, O2 and BSkyB and told them of possible plans to implement the "black box" technology for storing all raw data being transmitted over the Web. It would all be funnelled into a giant central database controlled by the Government.
In British fashion, a huge public outcry over the news boiled down to Britain’s Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, clearing his throat a bit and muttering about the move going a "step too far". A Government terrorism watchdog also grumbled a bit, under its breath, and called the plan simply " awful".
The plan, dubbed the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP), is supposedly meant to help British intelligence catch bad guys and terrorists.