More money down the pan
"Ministers hope that putting the project into the hands of the private sector will help to reduce costs."
Reduce? don't they mean double the costs?
A private sector firm may be given the job of maintaining a proposed super-database tracking the telephone and internet records of Brits. The option of turning over the task of running the planned communication database to a private firm, due to feature in a Home Office consultation document due out next month, would be …
Who the hell is this Sir Ken Macdonald and how did a competent person ever get into a position of power? There is a failure of standards here and lessons must be learnt. I also failed to see a single buzzword or one piece of spin, so I suggest this man skipped the mandatory training. Not acceptable, people! PR are going ape over this and Wacky Jacqui is breaking things (in an opposition member's office, naturally).
In other matters, Mr Burn 'em was found crouched in a corner of the cabinet office rocking back and forth and gurgling to himself about filters. Please could the canteen staff keep the coffee machines fully stocked in future? This sort of thing does us no favours with the proles.
Proceed, because they will.
No doubt the database will be staffed with thoroughly vetted, high-quality, well-paid staff, all of whom will be wise beyond temptation; and not for example a group of unvetted temps procured from the local recruitment agency en masse, assigned to work computers that have unmonitored internet and email access.
No doubt any "unfortunate" leak of information will be excused on the basis of novel interpretations of the doctrines of "implied consent" and "the public interest", accompanied by much hand-wringing, expressions of bemusement as to how such a thing could have possibly happened and a promise to appoint a Privacy Czar of All the Databases (probably in early October).
Someone's bound to let the genie out of the bottle, so why put a genie in a bottle in the first place?
I for one welcome our Nu Liebour overlords and will feel so safe from everything once my day is completely monitored. From my early morning poop into the 'state invasotronic poop checker' throughout my day to the 'state nannybot tucker in o matic citizen sleep o mat'.
Non specific deity forbid that I be tasked with thinking for myself. I will simply hand over all my life, money, possessions etc to the state who keep me safe from eevill turrists and assorted bad things. I think what they want me too and I'm as happy as they tell me to be.
Think I'll have to emigrate to a more non fascist state. Wonder if Burma will accept political asylum seekers.... who elected these feckwits?
"Ministers hope that putting the project into the hands of the private sector will help to reduce costs."
Blackadder: It's the same plan that we used last time, and the
seventeen times before that.
Melchett: E-E-Exactly! And that is what so brilliant about it! We
will catch the watchful Hun totally off guard! Doing
precisely what we have done eighteen times before is
exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time!
Some of these insane database proposals give me the distinct impression that someone's getting a back-hander.
1) Lack of popular support - nobody wants it
2) No cost-benefit analysis
3) No clear benefits
4) Anyone with half a brain would know that such a system will be a dismal failure and possibly a gross violation of personal privacy and human rights.
5) Fixation with contracting it out to private sector companies.
So why is it being pursued ? Makes no sense to me unless someone's gaining from it!
Let us create a peacful revolt by creating a lovely little program that spoofs random connections, such as sending emails, visiting random websites, ftping, pinging to create so much traffic that the government has no hope in hell of being to store the sheer volume of information.
And even by some miracle they manage to store all the volume without breaking the already slow Internet in this country then the information they have is practically worthless due to all the noise.
Time to dust down the old programming gloves I think. (Anyone want to lend a hand?)
.... simply says.... Bugger!...
So we have a Hellmouth and Reichsfuhrer 'Wacki' Jacqui Smith.....
Is anyone else seeing a Buffy christmas reunion special here... lets face it it couldnt be worse than the two ronnies again...
You can imagine the tagline....
/deep male voice with bad case of self-impo(r)tence
"Once in every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against all the pedo's, the terrorists and the powers of human rights....oh, and Brazilian Electricians.."
/segues into annoying indie rock cover of the Dixon of Dock Green theme...
Starring - Anne Widdecombe as 'Please,no' - the saggy right-wing witch
Michael Howard as 'Aww, hell' - the brooding (balding) love interest...
need I go on?...
Blackadder PPS: Miss Smith.. is something the matter?
Jacqui Smith : You're damned right there's something the matter! Something sinister & something grotesque. And what's worse is that it's going on right under my very nose!
Blackadder PPS: Ma'am, your moustache is lovely.....
<..>Macdonald argued that creating the über-database represents a further move towards a Big Brother-style "surveillance society". <..>
über-database as opposed to ID,CCTV,DNA Db,NPfIT Db,Child Db,RIPA ............
What we have already would have had the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit hanging their heads in shame. It seems that they just can't stop themselves.
Oy NuGov - It's not the terrorists we worry about it is you clowns and your Nu Stasi State
Any public consultation will be mere window-dressing, it already appears the government are determined to get this through. Look at all the work being done before it is even put to
Parliament. I believe it has been suggested that the government intennd to set-up the database even if primary legislation isn't passed.
I wonder why the government is going down this path. The security services seem to had just about every participant in major terror plots under surveillance (Omagh, July 7th, the Glasgow attackers, even that bloke who tried amateurishly to bomb that restaurant in Exeter). The reason follow-up didn't happen was lack of manpower. Surely such a database would just be one giant haystack that all the supercomputers in the world couldn't effectively disentangle? Jacqui Smith has said without it it would lead to a massive increase in intrusive surveillance by agents in the real world. So being able to have all my web-browsing isn't?
What is the real motive? Well for a start you might not have to bother raiding MPs' offices, you could listen in at the flick of a switch. It would make it easier to track down whistleblowers & journalistic sources. With the current politicization of the police I'd be very disturbed by this.
and how many data centres are going to be needed for the data, the backups and the mirror?
Theres money in them there racks if you can get the power to them if this goes ahead, although they will probably end up in some far away place.
Paris, cos theres money in that rack as well
Just what I was thinking. I like playing around with bots, spiders, etc. Let's have a whole horde of amanfrommars-style gibberers, conversing by email - a voluntary botnet of garbage-spouting decoys should make life a little more difficult for them.
Alternatively, we could build an alternative to email that's more innately secure and private - I'm thinking of something inspired by the Mute network and similar projects, but for email-like messaging. I think something could be built that provided good anonymity and was extremely challenging for snoops.
My programming gloves are getting a dusting down also. Let's get 'em.
There can now be no doubt that the Labour Party's present leadership is dedicated to achieving a socially-engineered state. Their ideas for crime, health, security, benefits, ID, road safety etc are universally based upon 24/7 surveillance and judgemental punishments.
As a left-leaning civil libertarian, I am now bracing myself to vote Conservative - but only if they plainly commit to abolition in their written manifesto, cos there's plenty of BF Skinners in their gang too.
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So Wacky Jaqui says she would publish a consultation paper in the new year.
What she doesn't say is that it will be biased and one-sided and not give the full facts and even then she will ignore it if it doesn't give the response the Government wants.
This Government has lost any connection with the real world, they know they've not got a hope in hell of winning the next election, so they're just trying to push through as much of their Control Freak, Big Brother, Nanny State legislation as possible before they're unceremoniously kicked out of office.
Of course this doesn't mean that the *next* bunch we get in power (the Tories, most likely, by the rule of Buggins' Turn, given the way our electoral system "works") are really going to be much better. Ok, yes, they say they'll get rid of ID cards, but what about all the *rest* of the legislation New Labour brought in which infringes on our Right to Protest, Right to Privacy, Right to decide for ourselves what we can read or see, Right to go about our lawful business without let or hindrance?
Will David Cameron give us a promise that he'll do anything about this? Or, if asked, will he just give us a weaselly, mealy mouthed statement about "well, we'll look at it and maybe get rid of it, but we can't say right now" and then, once he's in power, say "perhaps this isn't so bad after all, but maybe after the *next* election"...?
The only Party with any real gumption to do anything this are the Lib Dems, but they're stuck in third place in a system that would require a massive shift in voting patterns to give them a chance of power and neither of the other two parties have any intention of changing that.
Curious that the private company was not named. I predict that if the plan comes to pass then the company board will be composed of political appointees and security service aparatchiks . Thus no private company at all.
Here's a happy new year cheer to Buenaventura Durruti and all his friends. You Brits are gonna need such types if you let this go much further.
...live in a world where you just took your chances against 'terrorism" by trusting in old fashioned policing.
Rather than, living in a world where your every thought, message, conversation, email, sms, chat and turd is subject to recording and analysis!.
Reminder: The chances of being even slightly injured in a terror attack are like 50,000,000:1
How about "Carnivore"? Oh wait, no - they Yanks (allegedly) replaced that one years ago...
Bet this goes to either EDS or CSC - ZaNew Labour have sold everything else that used to be British (our gold reserves, DERA/Qinetiq, our nuclear weapons facilities, our defence industry, most of the 'government' IT projects) off to the Yanks, so I bet this follows...
M16 Jacqui Smith ammunition explosives detonate holiday camp Pakistan cell Bush Blair Brown airport Parliament intercept communicate secret TOP Secret Bottom Secret Labour party could not find their arses with a roadmap and assistance from both sides of the Atlantic. Feck the lot of them.
Oh, and anyone who read this now has "information of use to terrorists" (all those naughty words) so prepare to be visited by Wacqui Schmidt's Zanew Labour gestapo any day now.
All your minds, bodies and souls are belong to us.
The EU Data Retention directive says clearly she can't have a blanket feed, so her blanket database is not legal and any company that supplies her with blanket access to their communications is exposing their company to an ocean of lawsuits.
Note that you cannot hide behind the ltd Company structure for illegal acts, the officers can directly be held liable.
Yes I know that 'No one is above the law' saying is bullshit, given the Israeli general in Manchester was able to simply ignore the arrest warrant for war crimes, and the El Al pilot and crew that aiding in evading arrest were never prosecuted and freely fly in and out of the UK.
But still in theory, Israeli Generals are no more above the law than say, a Home Secretary or a member of the opposition party protecting the interests of the public when Home Office tries to conceal embarrassing info.
This poxy country wouldnt even have to worry about terrorism if this country would stop sticking its nose where it IS NOT welcome. Why do we feel the need to team up with the stupid fkin americans everytime they wanna go claim something as theres?. if we just closed our ties with that stupid country and stopped interfering all the time things would be better. i mean clear example bomb goes off in some far off country priminister feels the need to fly all the way to said country walk about the place it happened and go on tv saying rawr terrorism is bad mmmmmmkay we will get them. GET YOU SODDING NOSE OUT. sick and tired of this country getting into everything all the bloody time.
We must avoid surrendering our freedom as autonomous human beings to such an ugly future. We should make judgments that are compatible with our status as free people," Sir Keith said.
Of course, this makes a completely false assumption that we actually have a choice! Even if half the population of the country took to the streets in mass protest, they'd still do it.
There are many individuals who do not want this Government to have even more data to leave on trains, but the depressing truth of this supposed democratic society is that we don't have any choice in the matter.
Mines the one that smells of apathy.
Democracies, if they are ever to be said to work, must deliver laws and support customs that the majority want (or need). By celebrating and encouraging diversity, or compartmentalisation of society, politicians ensure that they can reassemble majorities from disparate groups rather than having to be accountable.
The only hope for a democracy is either under slavery, where all non slave voting "citizens" are similarly emancipated or where all citizens subscribe to a similar life phiilosophy (protestant or catholic anyone?).
The only form of government that works in a group of diverse culture is a benevolent (hopefully) dictatorship. As we know from Douglas Adams, anyone who seeks the job should be automatically excluded as a candidate.
I think giving the Royal Family more powers might be the answer.
Let us examine the evidence....
1. Government involvement is massive, poorly spec'd IT project
2. FUD in place of requirements capture (unregistered PAYG / second hand phones / proxied VoIP = unknown particpants).
Unless of course we're being mislead about the terror / paedo raison d'etre, could this be a tool to monitor those seditious of Zanu Labour....
Given that the retards currently in power are not much different than the retards that were previously in power or that will be assume power next election, you have to ask yourself where they get the ideas from ?
And now I really do mean to shout when I ask, "WHO IS REALLY DRIVING ALL OF THIS INSANE CRAP?" rough-shod over the wishes of the people of the United Kingdom ? Who? WHO?? and WHY?
Call me cynical and deranged but for a long time now I have oft wondered if there aren't aliens living amongst us who've realise that given the average lifespan of a human being, they can carefully manipulate *everything* by taking enough time and doing it slowly slowly catch-ee monkey fashion. Maybe we should examine history with all the analytical tools that computing offers instead of building better 'alternate reality systems' like PS3, Wii etc that take ones eye off the ball.
It is all getting a bit too Orwellian for me: I read here that they want Passport / ID details in order to get a mobile phone.... next step... ALL public phone boxes require an ID swipe card... result: all your syllables are beling to us.
Recession? Managed by dark forces I reckon.... result... there is one bank... result... the state takes control... result... no more petty cash in circulation... result... no more anonymous pub deals everything is logged by card transaction... result... total state monitoring of everything you buy and where and when you bought it and who from.
ID CARDS ARE A JOKE.
'STATE' IS A JOKE.
WAKE UP PEOPLE IN CASE IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE
Another hundred years or so and the intergalactic fast-food chain super UFO will arrive in Earth orbit and we will have all been brainwashed and primed for delivery. Apparently we taste good especially when kept in little cells (houses) and trained (dumbed down) not to resist, that way the stress chemicals don't spoil the taste.
Yup, we are just long-term battery-farmed alien burger fodder. Scary.
NUUURRSE! The tablets are wearing off.
Happy New Year.
Now where are those old 'V' recordings.....?
"A private sector firm may be given the job of maintaining a proposed super-database tracking the telephone and internet records of Brits."
Ah, well, so, the 25 millions UK citizens personal records scattered all over the place record is meant to be beaten, then ?
So the story will all go like:
- 2010: the said private company will enjoy shitloads of money for all its investors. Everyone celebrating.
- 2011: UK citizens will begin to worry and protest on the ground that some marketing companies apparently know what kind of porn they're interested in, despite making no purchases at all. Some will point fingers at the company.
- 2012: Lots more people complaining, privacy associations making a lot of noise, ICO issuing the usual useless statement, a commission is formed, and an investigation starts.
- 2020: results of the investigation is known. Maybe.
Anon, just to see whether they'll send me marketing stuff for cryptography ;-)
Some of us readers aren't IT - we just come here for the news. So is it a dumb question to ask if this government scheme would be powerless in logging my internet activities if I get a VPN browsing account with servers based in Russia or some other country with a more enlightened view of civil liberties than the UK and whose suppliers can't be required by UK law to supply lists of my nefarious online shopping activities to JaquiBoots and ZaNew Labour?
I'm just going to add a load of suspect phrases to my email sig, and suggest everyone else does the same... government, civil liberty, bomb, assassinate, etc etc. Let's make EVERY message a positive hit, it could also be fun shouting the words randomly in the middle of a completely normal conversation...
We are the people who put them in office then let us all contact our local MP's telling them we have decided we have no confidence in the present leaderships ability to run the country. Request that they have had chances to prove the ability but with crackpot ideas like this they are not fit to run the country and the present leader was not elected by the people it was Blair that was voted in.
As the East End London woman tells Alex Jones "Yeah I think it's right that we should give up our liberties for freedom"
I think that technically it's a monumental task to process all this info but where there is a will there is a way. £12billion buys a lot of will.
To those who are trying to analyse this based on what the government say this is for, forget it. Any intelegent person can see it won't do what the government say it's for, but that does not mean it won't do what the government want.
I hear spain is nice.
Yes, you (and several thousand other people) have already noticed the hole in the govt's plan.
Strangely enough, I emailed the government just this morning to ask them what they plan to do about anonymising services. I also pointed out that any terrorist who is worth being scared of will already know to do this, just in case they ever end up under scrutiny.
If I ever get a response, El Reg will be the first to know!
Check out Tor http://www.torproject.org/
The idea is to make your web request emerge from any one of a shedload of IP addresses to completely scramble the continuity. It's more than that but you get the idea.
As for email, if you set up your own self hosted mail server, arm it with a certificate and make sure you only communicate with others of similar setup, then the database can't see what you are doing. The mail doesn't pass through an ISP's mail servers and the data that does go through the ISP is encrypted. They can see it is on the right port for SMTPS but as for what's in it? Nada. I know that you cannot guarantee what everyone else is doing about their mail, but at least you won't be the one telling Jaqubooti all about yourself. They will at least have to piece your stuff together from the fragments that turn up in your less careful friends' ISP logs. It's not rocket science and it's not expensive. A great number of businesses already do this and have been doing so for years.
Texts? You're stuffed there I'm afraid. Sorry.