Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Cyber stuff

Much of the cybercrime targeting UK organisations comes from overseas crime groups, according to a new strategy document for tackling serious organised crime. There is also growing evidence that states are sponsoring criminal gangs to make cyberattacks.

The worry is that the more that is held centrally, the more reliance will be placed on those central systems. Systems that could be compromised, or made unavailable. Systems that are prime targets for hackers.

Computerised records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years.
The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.
But opposition MPs and privacy campaigners fear it is a significant step towards a surveillance society.
The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers.

The government is building databases to track more and more of our movements. They always say that it is about security or personal protection.

But we have a government that just can't be trusted over highly sensitive issues.

In 2004, Richard Thomas, the information commissioner at the time, warned that Britain was "sleepwalking" into a surveillance society. Davies believes the situation has got worse. "When we categorise the privacy ratings of all the countries, Britain is already in the black category along with some pretty unpleasant societies."

Evey day we hear of yet another way that the Government is going to track out lives. They tell us that if we have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear. The fear is the government just cannot hold onto its data, and details of millions of people are going to end up in the wrong hands.

There is now so much held that any individual may not know if they have any incorrectly-ascribed information. Information that could magnified until it is out of hand and the individual concerned having no way of correcting it, or who has meddled with it.

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