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
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.