The UK: Fighting Crime or Invading Privacy?

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Every e-mail and Web site visit in the UK may soon be monitored by the British government.

Under a new government plan, Internet traffic will be recorded and stored in a "giant central database," the London Daily Telegraph newspaper reports.

The plan was outlined during a meeting between Britain's Home Office and Internet Service Providers.

British intelligence agencies want to use the information to help fight crime and terrorism.

But many in England say it's an invasion of privacy. One information commissioner said the plan goes a "step too far."

"They said they only wanted to return to a position they were in before the emergence of Internet communication, when they were able to monitor all correspondence with a police suspect," said one delegate who attended the meeting.

"The difference here," he explained, "is they will be in a much better position to spy on many more people on the basis of their Internet behavior. Also there's a grey area between what is content and what is traffic. Is what is said in a chat room content or just traffic?"

The British parliament will vote on the plan early next year.

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Source: CBN News, The London Daily Telegraph

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