Operators face 'huge costs' under anti-terrorism plans

Operators face 'huge costs' under anti-terrorism plans

Operators will face ‘huge costs’ if the Government goes ahead with anti-terrorism plans to track mobile phone calls, texts and mobile broadband activity.

The controversial proposals, in Strategic Defence Security Review released on Tuesday, could require service providers to store details of customer’s calls and messages for up to a year and create profiles of each customer.

Under the plans the security services and the police would be allowed to track phone calls, emails, texts and website visits to combat terrorism. Details stored would include who was making and receiving the calls and at what time but would not include the actual content of the messages.

The Coalition Government had pledged to ‘end the storage of internet and email records without good reason’ after coming to power. Civil rights organisations condemned the proposals as a Government u-turn this week.

A NO2ID spokesman said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for the Government to demand that private communications between individuals should be open to interception – and particularly warrantless interception with no requirement for a court order.’

He added the proposals would impose ‘huge costs’ on service providers which would be passed on to consumers.

Isabella Sankey, director of policy at Liberty, warned the new plans may also involve asking service providers to put together a ‘profile’ of their customers.

Written by Mobile Today
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