MSM: Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations. Continue reading

UK Considers Hiring Private Companies to Monitor All Electronic Communications

The private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone’s calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary. Continue reading

Senate Approves Telecom Immunity and New Eavesdropping Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to President Bush’s demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans. Continue reading

FBI’s Next-Gen ID Databank to Store Face & Iris Scans

‘The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, which could cost as much as $1 billion over its 10-year life cycle, will create an unprecedented database of biometric markers, such as facial images and iris scans.’ Continue reading

U.S. and Europe Near Agreement on Private Data

The United States and the European Union are nearing completion of an agreement allowing law enforcement and security agencies to obtain private information about people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading