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Communication monitoring plans puts data at risk

Phion : 11 November, 2008  (Technical Article)
Phion believes that the latest government plan to monitor all electronic communications places a heavier burden on requirements for secure data storage, putting more private information at risk
The news that the UK government wants to monitor all telephone calls, emails and text messages in Britain is met with dismay by communications security specialist phion.

GCHQ has been granted £1 billion to begin the project, designed to fight terrorism, fraud and Cybercrime. Wieland Alge, phion CEO, states, "Europeans are currently witnessing a paradoxical trend, new data protection regulations oblige companies and governments to deal with information in a much more confidential manner. At the same time there is a trend to increase monitoring and the storage of this information."

The UK has been rocked by a series of dramatic data losses over the past two years as well as a string of expensive and failed IT projects.

Wieland continues, "Britain sent 57 billion text messages last year and sends three billion emails a day. If we throw in phone calls the amount of data to store and sift through is simply gigantic. The only way the government, organisations and businesses at all levels can realise a sufficient level of information security is to implement provider-independent protection for all data traffic between their offices, mobile employees and partners. If providers are forced to monitor communications, they will have to build an enormous database which sheer existence is a threat to the privacy of us all.'
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