Phoney Records

by Imran Ali

From October, telcos operating in the UK will need to retain mobile and landline call records for a year (excluding VoIP) to assist criminal investigation and national security agencies. The legislation is part of the British Government's compliance with the EU's Data Retention Directive.

So, UK telcos and cellcos will be retaining all that juicy data on my calls for the British authorities can bungle more anti-terror operations in their hunt for global toothpaste terrorists?

Hmph! How about giving the great surveill-ed some APIs and RSS feeds into all the data we're busy generating on behalf of the telcos? The infrastructure will be there...if the authorities can have access, why can't I?