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Offline DaBees-Knees

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http://www.ispreview.co.uk/story/2010/06/07/eu-ministers-seek-data-retention-and-monitoring-of-internet-searches.html

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Some 324 MEPs have signed a declaration (download PDF) that seeks to extend data retention rules (2006/24/EC) to internet search engines "in order to tackle online child pornography and sex offending rapidly and effectively". The EU could then use the new powers to setup a European Early Warning System (EWS).

However some ministers are concerned that the monitoring of all internet searches would go too far and might even leave the door open for such data to be misused, such as for the purpose of "profiling" people based on their search activity.

Others fear that Rights Holders could one day get their hands on the same information and use it to tackle "suspected" copyright infringers. Ironically the criminal element would no doubt just switch to using free and easy anonymous proxy servers to avoid such restrictions. It's also unclear whether search engines or broadband ISPs would be responsible for tracking and storing the data.

The declaration itself, which requires 369 signatures before the European Parliament could adopt it, is incredibly vague and lacks any real detail. It should also be noted that the Internet Watch Foundation ( IWF ) currently works with most consumer UK ISPs to filter out such content without the need to directly monitor internet searches. This is a lot cheaper and seemingly just as effective.

"The monitoring of all internet searches would go too far!

It seems that our elected representatives are taking it upon themselves to watch everything we do. As is pointed out in the article, criminals would find it fairly easy to avoid this, but innocent users would be the ones under constant surveylance. Flawed laws are something we can do without  8)

Offline Bluey_412

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Re: EU Ministers Seek Data Retention and Monitoring of Internet Searches
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010, 09:57:12 pm »
and just WHO is going to review all that data? one person's lifetime couldnt review all the traffic for one day...
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Re: EU Ministers Seek Data Retention and Monitoring of Internet Searches
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 12:06:09 am »
Perhaps if we all switch to this then some privacy may be retained.

https://www.google.com/   

Make this your homepage instead of the normal page and they can monitor all they want as they will see nothing but encrypted jibberish.


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Re: EU Ministers Seek Data Retention and Monitoring of Internet Searches
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 07:16:33 pm »
Perhaps if we all switch to this then some privacy may be retained.

https://www.google.com/  

Make this your homepage instead of the normal page and they can monitor all they want as they will see nothing but encrypted jibberish

wich is still in a beta stage like i mentioned here earlier in another thread, but i ve been using it for some time allready and i see no downsides to this beta search engine  ;)
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