5/21/2008 2:25:00 PM
Government considering a database of all voice calls
The government is considering the option of a database holding details of every phone call and email sent in the UK. The plan is still in a very early stage, but may be included in the draft Communications Bill later this year.
The Home Office says that a database of calls is a crucial tool for national security and crime prevention. A Home Office spokesman told the BBC that changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 were necessary for counter terrorism and crime prevention.
Critics, including the Information Commission say the database would be a step too far, especially in the light of a few recent data protection failures, such as the loss of a CD carrying information on child benefit claimants.