My 2 Cents: You know that it kind of scary the power that â€śBig Brotherâ€ť holdsâ€¦I can only imagine what they are doing in the statesâ€¦nothing is safe anymore :O( DAMN THE MAN
The power of anti piracy organizations is constantly growing and latest news from Great Britain sounds somehow scary: The Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into peopleâ€™s personal computers without a warrant. The move, which follows a decision by the European Unionâ€™s council of ministers in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives â€śa coach and horsesâ€ť through privacy laws. The hacking is known as â€śremote searchingâ€ť. It allows police or MI5 officers who may be hundreds of miles away to examine covertly the hard drive of someoneâ€™s PC at his home, office or hotel room. Material gathered in this way includes the content of all e-mails, web-browsing habits and instant messaging.
Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation of a rarely used power involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someoneâ€™s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned. A remote search can be granted if a senior officer says he â€śbelievesâ€ť that it is â€śproportionateâ€ť and necessary to prevent or detect serious crime â€” defined as any offence attracting a jail sentence of more than three years. The authorities could break into a suspectâ€™s home or office and insert a â€śkey-loggingâ€ť device into an individualâ€™s computer. This would collect and, if necessary, transmit details of all the suspectâ€™s keystrokes. The Home Office said it was working with other EU states to develop details of the proposals.
Source: The Times
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