Dienstag, 5. Mai 2009

Großbritannien: Riesiges Überwachungsprogramm enthüllt - nach Kritik soll fadenscheinig zentrale Datenbank durch dezentrale Datenbanken ersetzt werden

UK spy effort in trans-Atlantic surveillance syndication row (Ars Technica)

Der Artikel erklärt gut, wie in den USA und in Großbritannien von den Regierungen immer wieder versucht wird, umfassende Datenbanken, die jede elektronische Kommunikation ihrer Bürger speichern sollen, einzurichten.


So they set out to build such a giant database, until some enterprising reporters uncover the project and reveal its existence to the public. Public outrage and government inquiry ensue and the database project is shut down. Except that it isn't shut down; it still goes on under another name, until it's uncovered again a few years later and the whole outrage-inquiry-"shutdown" farce repeats. [...]

because one giant, centralized database is politically untenable, you make multiple databases in different places and link them to a single front-end via a federated query service, so that they function together exactly like one giant database. (Quelle: ArsTechnica.com)

Mehr Informationen über das monströse, britische Überwachungsprogramm namens "Master The Internet" (MTI), bei dem auch beispielsweise jeder Webseitenbesuch jedes britischen Bürgers von der Regierung aufgezeichnet werden soll, gibt es beim Register: Jacqui's secret plan to 'Master the Internet'.

Zitat aus dem Register-Artikel:
The system - uncovered today by The Register and The Sunday Times - is being installed under a GCHQ project called Mastering the Internet (MTI). It will include thousands of deep packet inspection probes inside communications providers' networks, as well as massive computing power at the intelligence agency's Cheltenham base, "the concrete doughnut".

Sources with knowledge of the project said contacts have already been awarded to private sector partners.

One said: "In MTI, computing resources are not measured by the traditional capacities or speeds such as Gb, Tb, Megaflop or Teraflop... but by the metric tonne!.. and they have lots of them." [...]

On Monday of last week, the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that under IMP, rather than build a central warehouse, responsibility for storing details of who contacts whom, when and where will be imposed on communications providers.

The news was welcomed by privacy advocates and civil liberties campaigners, but sources described it as a "side show" compared to the massively increased surveillance capability that MTI will deliver. It will grant intelligence staff in Cheltenahm complete visibility of UK Internet traffic, allowing them to remotely configure their deep packet inspection probes to intercept data - both communications data and the communication content - on demand. (Quelle: TheRegister.co.uk)

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