Here's an interesting article from Times Online entitled "Councils get power to ‘spy’ on your e-mail and net use"
Councils and health authorities are to be given the right to access e-mail and internet records under surveillance powers to be introduced next year, the Home Office said yesterday.
Although first proposed to tackle terrorism and serious crime, powers have been extended to cover other criminal activity, public health, threats to public safety and even prevention of self-harm.
The Home Office said that the move would involve internet service providers storing one billion incidents of data each day and storing them for a minimum of 12 months. Under the plans the taxpayer would pay £46 million to internet service providers for holding information, even though some already keep similar records for marketing purposes.
(Government loses 4m people’s personal data in one year)
Opposition MPs criticised the plans as a “snoopers’ charter”. Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Home Secretary, said: “Yet again the Government has proved itself unable to resist the temptation to take a power quite properly designed to combat terrorism to snoop on the lives of ordinary people in everyday circumstances.” He added: “It is typical of this Government that it also intends to make the taxpayer pay extra for the privilege.”
Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: “Ministers have proven time and time again that they are not to be trusted with sensitive data, but they seem intent on pressing ahead with this snoopers’ charter.
“We will be told it is for use in combating terrorism and organised crime but if the powers are anything to go by, it will soon be used to spy on ordinary people’s kids, pets and bins.”
And here's another article entitled "UK government agency to monitor blogs" which mentions the Media Monitoring Unit.
Do we know anyone who used to work for the Media Monitoring Unit and who is interested in forums and blogs and ensuring that certain information is kept out of the public eye?
For Whom was Clarence Mitchell Working?
Clarence Mitchell, the inside man?
Government agency monitoring peoples blogs
Clarence Mitchell to join Freud Communications
Clarence Mitchell, Freud Communications and Tony Blair
Menwith Hill - the original Big Brother
And so, Clarence leaves The Fraud Squad to go to the Freud Squad.
Discussion at 3 Arguido's here