Did you know that starting March of this year, every single email that is sent and received in the UK will be monitored? Yep, following the law, all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the UK will be required to store email information for a year. Though this law requires information to be kept, the actual content of the emails are not included in the requirement.
However, the fact that information is being monitored – even private emails – has got a lot of people shifting in discontent. The details of the law were published by BBC:
-To keep details of every e-mail sent in the UK for a year
-Internet Service Providers will have to record who sent the email, to whom and when
-The e-mail’s content will not be stored
-Data can be accessed by more than 600 public bodies, such as the police and councils, if they make a valid request
-Part of a European Commission directive
Although the contents of emails are not part of the law, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that this gives rise to potential security breaches – BIG TIME. It is a given that the idea behind the law was born out of goodwill. After all, we do know that there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who take advantage of the technology.
However, who is to say that this database of information will be kept secure and that no one will be able to make unauthorized use of it? That, my friends, is the biggest question. Am sure glad I am not in the UK right now.