Crossing the Thin Blue Line

January 4, 2009 | Comments Off on Crossing the Thin Blue Line

Police set to step up hacking of home PCs

As long as a senior officer “believes” it is “appropriate,” UK citizens can be subject to covert hacking of their email, instant messaging, and web browser history.  A decision by the European Union’s council of ministers in Brussels allows for “remote searching” of hard drives at a user’s home, office, or hotel room.  Civil liberty groups and opposition MPs have described the move as a sinister extension of the surveillance state which drives “a coach and horses” through privacy laws.


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