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Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:29 PM

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The private correspondence of millions of people who use social networking sites could be tracked and saved on a “big brother” database, under new plans being drawn up by the UK government.

Ministers revealed yesterday that they were considering policing messages sent via sites such as MySpace and Facebook, alongside plans to store information about every phone call, e-mail and internet visit made by everyone in the United Kingdom.

There was immediate uproar from opposition parties, privacy campaigners and security experts who said the plans were over-the-top and unworkable.

There have long been proposals, following an European Union directive in the wake of the July 2005 bombings in London, for emails and internet usage to be tracked in order to guard against future terrorist attacks.

But since then, social networking sites have exploded in popularity, with around half the British population thought to be using them. Security services fear that this is a loophole that terrorists and criminals could exploit.
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I think it's a horrible invasion of privacy, I would seriously consider stopping using Facebook if these plans came into action.


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:34 PM

I don't really see why they would want to do that. Plus to try and keep track of millions of people ... it surely wouldn't be very efficient or easy to do. Money wasted. Like you said, definitly an invasion of privacy there. I don't think I'd stop using facebook, but I'd certainly be vary wary about sending emails and phone calls and stuff.




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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:35 PM

lol, if this were to happen, I'd message a friend that I'm going to bomb a building :P
I mean, like tell him beforehand that I'm sending a message, as a joke, and then send a message, sounding completely serious. Be funny if anything were to happen.




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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:39 PM

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lol, if this were to happen, I'd message a friend that I'm going to bomb a building :P
I mean, like tell him beforehand, and then send a message, sounding completely serious. Be funny if anything were to happen.
Don't forget the time date and location so they can waste there time lol. Maybe add this is only a joke


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:39 PM

They can't do this. And they probably won't.

There's millions of people in the UK, and that means they'd need millions of people to watch millions of messages. Which would cost millions. So they won't do it.

Throwing away 100% of the population's privacy for the <1% of people who might commit an act of terrorism, you've got to ask yourself is it really worth it. The obvious answer would be yes, but is that the right one?
   
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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:40 PM

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Don't forget the time date and location so they can waste there time lol. Maybe add this is only a joke
Oops, thought I did. Oh well, yeah I gotta put a time and date AND PLACE. Can't forget about place.




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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:47 PM

Its an awful invasion of privacy. I know they monitor alot of things at the momet completely hidden from the public view. They would probably have a facility to search and a few thousand staff. In the 'FaceSpace Monitoring Centre'



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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:49 PM

Be smart and use alias Ip.. Very important! Facebook isn't a threat lol or myspace just Gov overracting.


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:52 PM

Edge, you forget that it's a social networking site... It has your full name and location on it?
   
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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:54 PM

Use a Fake name. Example.... John Doe!


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 10:56 PM

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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 25th 2009, 11:47 PM

Guys, although I agree this is a complete waste of money.... how many times do you need to hear that if you want something kept private, don't post it anywhere on the internet? Including "private" emails. Nothing on the internet is private. We all should be plotting murders somewhere else unless you want to be caught.


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 26th 2009, 01:10 AM

To be honest, I think that they won't go through with this. Somehow, if they did, I would be very upset about it.


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 26th 2009, 10:36 AM

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To be honest, I think that they won't go through with this. Somehow, if they did, I would be very upset about it.
This won't affect us; the UK is signing this, not the US.




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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 27th 2009, 10:44 PM

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They can't do this. And they probably won't.

There's millions of people in the UK, and that means they'd need millions of people to watch millions of messages. Which would cost millions. So they won't do it.

Throwing away 100% of the population's privacy for the <1% of people who might commit an act of terrorism, you've got to ask yourself is it really worth it. The obvious answer would be yes, but is that the right one?
They could just get a computer to scan for certain words in a message, that would narrow the search down, after that they wouldnt need as many people to look through the already filtered messages, TBH i dont actually care im not doing anything wrong, i agree with stuff like a huge DNA lab it WOULD eliminate crime 100%






   
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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 28th 2009, 04:22 AM

How would they manage to make certain that non-citizens wouldn't be affected. Everyone would be affected to a degree. If I sent a message to a UK citizen, it would be recorded?


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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 28th 2009, 04:24 AM

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How would they manage to make certain that non-citizens wouldn't be affected. Everyone would be affected to a degree. If I sent a message to a UK citizen, it would be recorded?
Almost certainly, it would probably just be inadmissible in court and not strong enough to get you extradited for trial
   
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Re: Monitoring of Social Networking Sites - March 28th 2009, 10:09 AM

They already filter emails for certain words. Like emails with the word 'bomb' in are sent to checking centres. As if terrorists would be that obvious?
I think that everythings becoming a horrible invasion of privacy, not to mention making it easier for identity fraudsters. The facebook / myspace thing worries me less than say ID cards, purely because I don't put private details on there, just my name and date of birth. But seriously they could spend their money in plenty of better ways.


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