The British, like the sheep they raise, are generally a docile bunch and don’t seem to complain much when their civil liberties are trod upon.  This month, we found out that the Home Office are to resurrect plans for electronic surveillance. Originally conceived in 2008 by the previous Labour government, this entails tracking the details (but… Read More


By Jane Wakefield  Technology reporter, BBC News The government has made headlines for data failures Plans for a super-database containing the details of all phone calls and e-mails sent in the UK have been heavily criticised by experts. The government is considering the changes as part of its ongoing fight against serious crime and terrorism.… Read More


Information about all landline and mobile phone calls made in the UK must be logged and stored for a year under new laws.Data about calls made and received will also be available to 652 public bodies, including the police and councils. The Home Office said the content of calls and texts would not be read… Read More


Not even MPs are exempt from the surveillance state they have created, notes regular columnist Bill Thompson.  MP’s are worried about coming under the same scrutiny as most citizens Members of the British Parliament have been shocked to discover that one of their number was bugged by the secret service, violating the forty-year old “Wilson… Read More


  BitTorrent is used by many to download missed TV shows Bill Thompson believes Virgin Media has decided it likes record companies more than its customers.  The chances are that I’ll be getting a letter from my internet service provider (ISP) in the next few weeks telling me that they’ve been watching my network activity… Read More