A note on ACPO
"The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is working with the Attorney General's office on what changes to data law would be needed to allow the new Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to gather intelligence from around the country"
Described as the senior police officers trade union, or a body with the legal standing of "A local stamp club." The only trade union that all Home Secretaries (or rather their civil servants) listen to.
Now are they are working out what laws to undermine and what to "update" to allow this.
Funny the Attorney General, who IIRC is a Cabinet level post, is not asking anyone else about this?
That phrase "Gather intelligence from around the country."
WTF does that mean? Sector copy the HDD, hash key it, encrypt it and email to a central secure location, while maintaining a chain-of-custody from seizure through to trial? All probably doable by a policeman of no more than Sergeant rank .
Let us develop a trojan which can pass through any firewall / AV combo and collect legally admissible (and pref ably unchallengeable ) evidence, ideally without anything as constraining as some kind of search warrant.
One is a not unreasonable plan to maximise scarce resources. The other a gross invasion of privacy and definitely puts the Police in Police state. Which one is the correct description? I'd love to know.
Mines the one with the back catalogue of NCIS in the pockets.