22 jan. 2009

Police Hacking Home PCs - EU Law -

The Sunday Times
David Leppard

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The move, which follows a decision by the European Union’s council of ministers[1] in Brussels, has angered civil liberties groups and opposition MPs. They described it as a sinister extension of the surveillance state

The hacking is known as “remote searching”. It allows police or MI5 officers ... to examine covertly the hard drive of someone’s PC at his home, office or hotel room.

Under the Brussels edict, police across the EU have been given the green light to expand the implementation [….]involving warrantless intrusive surveillance of private property. The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

[1] our friendly unelected democratic dicators

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