p2p news / p2pnet:- Two things top the international corporate want lists, we posted on August 1. Your money; and, Information about you. All that stand between you and your data and the likes of the entertainment and software cartels, and mega-monopolists such as Bill and the Boyz, are privacy rights.
In Europe, Britain is one of the countries wanting laws on data retention and to bolster its demands, is claiming logging and storing telephone calls, email and Internet use had helped its police trap suspected terrorists, says Reuters, pointing out that Britain has “struck a deal with a national mobile phone operator and is paying the firm 1.2 million euro (about $1,493,625 at the time of writing) for holding data for a year”.
EU justice and interior ministers will discuss the data proposals tomorrow at a meeting in the UK.
“Industry is concerned about costs, which in some EU countries could be hundreds of millions of euros. But the Home Office said cooperation between police and phone operators was relatively cheap and governments could pay some of the price for storing the data,” says Reuters.
An online petition condemning the proposal had drawn 39,727 signatures by 10:23 am Pacific today.
“Data retention is not a solution to terrorism and crime! – it declares.
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