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Retaining call records will lead to problems according to Secerno.

Secerno : 01 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
Paul Davie, COO & Founder, Secerno comments on reports of new UK legislation telephone legislation.
'Today's story in the Metro 'Your phone calls are private no longer' advises the public that through EU-led legislation, the Government will be keeping records of individual landline and mobile communications for a period of 12 months. This is a cause for immense concern as 795 bodies including the Gaming Board and the Food Standards Agency, will now have access to this sensitive information.
This database, while being created for the greater good, could in turn be the Achilles Heel, if not properly secured. The news of a couple of weeks ago, where NHS staff hacked into databases to see celebrity patients' records, is a case in point. Historically, there has been too much focus on encryption and authentication of data, when the real objective should be on controlling who has access to it in the first place. In fact, many organisations already have systems in place to access and search phone-call databases over a computer link without requiring phone companies to assist or intervene. The key to protecting information from both internal and external audiences is in securing access to the database with the use of more intelligent behavioural technologies. If the Government does not acknowledge these threats and create the lead in securing data, similar unfortunate events where databases are breached could become a regular occurrence, and these will potentially be of even bigger magnitude than the NHS incident.'
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