World Wide Web founder is against Internet monitoring
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a worldwide web founder, is calling people for protesting against government’s plans to increase internet monitoring.
According to his interview with Guardian, the government wants to control or spy on the Internet and this fact considerably bother him. The government in its turn declares that they just want to extend the existing regulations on Internet phone services and social media.
The Home Office claims that these proposals directed to fight against crime and terrorism will be mentioned in Queen’ Speech in May 2012.
It is considered to record the details of the Internet use which will be transmitted to GCHQ special services in ‘real time’. They will not be able to see the context, but they can identify who contacted, how long and how often.
However, Sir Tim noticed that the idea to store people’s information is dangerous as it could be stolen or used with the purpose to blackmail people. He supposed that all the details confiscated from the Internet usage are too sensitive, and as usual people do not want to reveal them. For example, it can be some medical sites you are visiting while your sickness and so on.
The Prime Minister David Cameron assured in his interview on April 15 that no ‘snoopers’ charter‘ is expected. He told that the warrant signed by the Home Secretary would be needed only for intelligence officers in order to listen to someone’s phone call.
Mr Cameron noticed that the aim of such proposals was not to spy, but to assure that the government is familiar with all current technologies as the number of calls via Skype is increasing.