Home Secretary Theresa May denied today that spooks will monitor emails in real-time under her proposed web-snoop law, which is due to be announced in the Queen's Speech next month. "There are a lot of myths out there," the cabinet minister told MPs at a select committee hearing at lunchtime on Tuesday. May also expressed …
Just one letter away from CCCP.
But only if you play alphabet mix and match.
I think it's about time we made all politicians PERSONALLY responsible for their departments and the crap that comes out of their mouths.
E.g. when it's shown that Theresa May was either lying or had no fucking idea what she was talking about (most likely both) then that should be the cue for every man, woman and child affected by this legislation to put their hands around her neck and return the choking feeling she's given them in kind.
No joking required.
Back to Snail Mail
Recording emails in transit? That's wrong.
Recording who's talking to who without any justification? That's wrong.
Looks like we've got to go back to snail mail - let's face it, it's probably cheaper than the costs of the tech gear in any case..
Re: Back to Snail Mail
Do you seriously think that it's not possible to intercept mail in transit? Or that the Royal Mail aren't able to record where a mail from sent from, they certainly know where it is sent to.
This is what we're dealing with here, an endpoint recording excersise, it gives much more information than you may think.
@AC - (Re: Back to Snail Mail)
Two important differences:
1) Royal mail can only log recipient and original postbox. Sender logging isn't possible.
2) It is relatively easy to ensure that you at least know that a letter has been opened.
The downside, of course, is that you're using a slower and more unreliable means of communication.
So er... what exactly is proposed?
Does anyone know?
Why is Ms May willing to give us a few hints, but unwilling to publish a spec?
I don't think we can really have a debate about this system when we don't know what it does. I strongly suspect that it actually won't be that useful compared to just increasing powers to demand data from web service providers like facebook, skype, and playstation network...
Ms May dodges question from Dr. Huppert
Theresa May dogged the really intersting question from Julian Huppert: if, for example, GCHQ black boxes sitting on ISPs' networks would decrypt such information.
"I don't think it's appropriate for me to say. It's a technical detail and I'm clear what the legislation will say on access," said Ms May. But this is not only a technical issue, it is a budget issue and it is what everybody wants to know.