Friday, November 07, 2008

U.K. Interception Modernisation Programme

The U.K. government is reportedly considering requiring major ISPs to allow the gather Internet traffic data:

"At Monday's meeting in London representatives from BT, AOL Europe, O2 and BSkyB were given a presentation of the issues and the technology surrounding the Government's Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP), the name given by the Home Office to the database proposal.

"They were told that the security and intelligence agencies wanted to use the stored data to help fight serious crime and terrorism."

The Interception Modernisation Programme has received a lot of attention in the U.K. press lately including a proposal to invest billions of pounds in the programme:

"Detica will very likely be among the first to profit from the IMP bonanza. Based in Guildford, it might warrant the title of The Most Important IT Company Most People Have Never Heard Of. According to sources with knowledge of systems that have long allowed GCHQ to eavesdrop on phone calls, Detica owns and operates the current "black box" infrastructure under contracts funded by the secret intelligence budget.

"In contrast to that arrangement, the proposed central communications database would not target the content of calls, emails, texts and other communications; rather, MI6 and GCHQ want to retain the powerful, searchable data detailing who contacted whom."
As a side note, the keywords "interception modernisation programme" is a major driver of traffic to this blog...

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