BBCNews reports how 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. Assistant Information Commissioner Jonathan Bamford has warned that the UK could be "sleepwalking into a surveillance society". Others have questioned how such a database could be made secure...
..."While the public is "sleepwalking" into a surveillance society, the government seems to have its eyes wide open although, unfortunately, to everything except security," said Jamie Cowper, data protection expert at data protection firm PGP Corporation.
"The bottom line is - information of this nature should only be held if - and only if - it can be demonstrated that an appropriate system of checks and balances is in place and the security of the information being stored is of paramount concern," he added.
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