From tomorrow new laws come into force, allowing over 700 public bodies access to full details of all your landline and mobile phone calls. 'Full details' means the date and time of the call, the number dialled, the duration of the call, and the name and address of the person who pays the phone bill.
The information must be retained by the phone companies, and made available to these organisations. The changes in the law are the result of the Home Secretary signing a statutory instrument, which means the new rules didn't require an act of Parliament.
These changes are already being called a 'snooper's charter' by citizens' rights organisations, worried that some information will inevitably fall into the wrong hands. The government says that council officials (for instance) will only be able to retrieve the information if they get permission from a senior colleague.
Is this not been thought up as part of the fight on terrorism? Not sure if it goes against someone’s European Human Rights, but I’m sure it will be something the other political parties will bring up during the election, when it happens.
The Police, the Fire Brigade (limited access for them), local councils, the tax authorities, the Food standards agency, the department of health, the gaming board, the charity commission, and the immigration service, to name but a few.
Anyone is welcome to eavesdrop /read on my calls/emails as they are all triple dull. I'm sure that they will only be checked if there is some suspicion that the person is doing something wrong/illegal.
Not saying it's wrong (or right, for that matter) but I think the ends of justice might have been better served had she made provision for properly authorised phone tap transcripts to be used as evidence.
I wouldn't worry over-much folks, I think it has been possible for some time now for your calls etc to be listened to. So it's nothing new. I heard years ago that certain words or phrases in a phone call trigger an automatic recording device. All part of the great big scheme of things. As Gandalf says they are welcome to listen to mine (What a lousy job that must be).