No limits whatsoever

Written on January 28, 2007 by faparicio in Riesgos y Tecnología

The news about detectives hacking into computers in British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s offices, as they searched for evidence in the probe into alleged party political corruption, has set off all the alarms on the official authorities Internet abuse to breach any privacy, including Prime Minister’s.
According to some British media, there are strong suspicions that Metropolitan Police gave permission to detectives to use all legal means to find out whether anything was being withheld, given the “very slim” pile of documents they received from the political parties.
Obviosly, no court had authorized the hacking or being informed about this illegal activity. Is this British present and our impending future? We’d better be scared….


Zach Skyles Owens January 29, 2007 - 5:21 am

Unfortunately, we can’t be sure how digital information will be used in the current legal system or the legal system of the future. Given the permanency of data storage my opinion is that we can not have confidence that today’s laws will protect the privacy of our communication in the future.
I believe the only true way to obtain privacy is through information security practices that aren’t as susceptible to being hijacked.
If people of power are discussing suspicious matters through unencrypted email I don’t think they will remain in those power positions for long. If they are leading the world, they should know better.
I agree this is a scary issue, but one which we need to face very honestly. Do you think that we can count on privacy law to really protect us?

Fernando Aparicio January 29, 2007 - 4:34 pm

That’s the point. Actually, though criticized, the data protection control agencies are the only shoulder to cry on, once admitting that privacy is over.
We are just at the very early stages of this new reality and we should get ready to protect asap our personal information and our companies’.
But how increase the awareness process? Unfortunately, just by the means of legal sanctions….It is what is happening in Spain, as a matter or fact.

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