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Governments should create a list of all organisations that track internet use and produce an annual report on internet surveillance, the European Parliament has said. The Parliament also said that users' online activity should not be monitored in the fight against piracy. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted by a …


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  1. Dan
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    Lalalala we can't hear you

    I wonder if the government will simply pretend to not have heard this one. You know, like they do when anyone, even a subject expert, says something they disagree with.

  2. Stephen Stagg


    I'm sorry, did you say something?

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Oh, I see

    When your title said "Set up surveillance register", I that that was talking about spying on us little people.

    Actually, you meant that someone should watch the watchers.

    I doubt our govt will bother, sadly. Especially while Whacky Jacqui is around.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    EU Referendum

    And we were all _Really_ surprised when we not offered a Referendum...

    I wonder whose idea this is & who is pushing this one. At this point i would be happy to have a (Gasp) Conservative government, purely on the grounds that their stance has been to withdraw from the EU.

    Ireland... We are r00ting for you even more now!

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Well, I'm only happy for them to do that...

    ..if someone else sets up another surveyor to survey the surveillance surveyors.

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Consent is only meaningful ...

    if there are safeguards prohibiting companies from refusing service, or charging extra, to those who decline consent.

    Consent is not proper when it is, to all intents and purposes, imposed as a "take it or leave it" condition of using a service. Consent must be entirely voluntary with an absolute right to decline without fear of loss of service.

  7. Bug
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    But think of the terrorists / childern

    I suspect the gov will as mentioned by Dan either ignore this as they do to everything that does not suit them (phorm) or it will be quietly mentioned that they are unable to disclose who is monitoring who, when and how as the monitoring is to prevent terrorists and/or child molesters and thus it has to remain secret.

    Wonder how long it will be before using the internet means you must be either a terrorist or child molester as this is obviously the main use for it according to our wonderful unelected PM and sex crazed Jackie.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    But... you just said...

    ... to force isps to block things we don't like and spy on people we don't like. You didn't just mean child porn obviously. Since these rules are in conflict we're going with the one we liked.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Not a big fan of the European "ideal"

    But I have to say that sometimes their MEPs and so on do seem to be the only people in positions of power who actually make sense.

    Of course Wackie Jackie and the rest of the NuLabour apparatchik who are so drunk on power and the abuse of human rights will simply ignore this, like they ignored the court of human rights over the NDNADB and have ignored the European Commission over the whole of the Phorm fiasco.

  10. Graham Marsden
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    No, they'll set up a consultation asking the Police, the Security Services and similar groups if such a register can be established and then, amazingly, decide that it's not a good idea...!

  11. Ru
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    Did they really say 'cyber-violations'?

    What a repellent and meaningless neologism. Why is there no EU directive forbidding making up words just because they sound cool and relevant?

  12. Wortel


    "The Parliament also said that users' online activity should not be monitored in the fight against piracy."

    So this 'saying' of things is why we are now stuck with the Data Retention laws and a constitution we didn't vote for?

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    A rarity

    Some rare common sense on a subject better known for spin, evasion, idiocy and out and out lies, usually at the expense of the public and to the profit of shareholders. A legally enforceable charter of privacy rights is needed, and urgently, before it simply becomes ingrained that our private activities are nothing more than a free resource for corporate racketeers.

    I'm not holding my breath.

  14. Wayland Sothcott Bronze badge

    Register cameras

    I suspect they will want anyone with security cameras to register them with the police. A combined police and insurance company partnership, like with burglar alarms, will give police and government real time access to your cameras. It will start with the pubs and clubs as recently reported, then onto companies and schools then into the home. If you want to watch porn and drink beer then you will need this camera on the TV so the children are protected.

    Ofcourse the government want to regulate spying, they want to have a look through the peep hole too!!

  15. Steve Swann


    Can I add the deplorable "e-activities" to that list as well?

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