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Plans to log every call and email in Britain is a ‘Big Brother nightmare’, warns Government’s own anti-terrorism watchdog

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Martin Bentham
UK Daily Mail
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008

Plans to log every phone call, e-mail and internet visit in the UK could turn into a Big Brother nightmare, ministers have been warned.

Government terror watchdog Lord Carlile voiced concern that such a large volume of private information could be stored on one vast new database.

He said there would be the risk of data being used for unjustified ‘fishing expeditions’ into the private lives of targeted individuals.

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There were also worries over Whitehall’s recent ‘unhappy record’ of losing supposedly secure data.
Lord Carlile’s warning came ahead of a speech today by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith setting out her latest plans for combating terrorism.

Ms Smith was preparing to set out further details of the plan to log details of all phone, e-mail and internet use in the UK.

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Proposals on this are due to be contained in a Data Communications Bill, to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech in December.

Lord Carlile warned storing the information on one huge database would be a mistake unless strict controls were adopted.

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