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Nov 13, 2009 11:27 am

UK's total surveillance society...North America next?

How long before this comes to North America? [Hat tip to David K.]

A November 10th headline from the UK Telegraph: State to 'spy' on every phone call, email and web search. Excerpt:

All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications, showing who they have contacted, when and where, as well as the websites they have visited.

Despite widespread opposition to the increasing amount of surveillance in Britain, 653 public bodies will be given access to the information, including police, local councils, the Financial Services Authority, the ambulance service, fire authorities and even prison governors. They will not require the permission of a judge or a magistrate to obtain the information, but simply the authorisation of a senior police officer or the equivalent of a deputy head of department at a local authority.

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