Civil liberties groups have reacted angrily to the British government’s plan to monitor the personal activities of its citizens on the Internet.
Under a government plan known as the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP), Internet service providers will be forced to grant security services easy access to users’ online information.
If legislated, the plan will give intelligence officers a full portrait of a person’s online activity, including with who an individual or group is in contact, how often, and for how long.
Terror concerns have prompted British spy agencies to propose a new mass surveillance system that will monitor social network communications and enable real-time access to telephone and Internet records.
Details of the CCDP were first published by the Daily Telegraph in February. But debate was reignited across the United Kingdom on Sunday April 1, after the Sunday Times followed up the story on its front page with an inflammatory headline titled “Government to snoop on all emails.”
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