Government cutbacks online surveillance tactics

by Andrew Roach on March 14, 2013

As the Internet becomes a pivotal part of our daily lives, the questions about online security and privacy become ever greater.

However, the government has move to quell any worries about our security by announcing that they won’t actively monitor how we use the web.

Instead, the government has revised the guidelines about how web data is used and analysed to monitor our daily lives.

It comes as many groups called for greater internet freedoms and to prevent government organization from using information to get a reading into our everyday routines.

One of the biggest changes to the surveillance rules is that a profile can’t be built up by randomly following someone’s IP address.

On top of that, if the government have to use information collected from someone’s IP profile, then it will need to be kept anonymous for the data to be considered legal.

The move by the government will certainly have a radical effect on how data will be used by companies who want to get an idea on how the internet is used on a regular basis.

It should also cut down on the number of third parties who are required to read and capture the data which will help keep everything centralized and restrict who sees the actual data.

However, the guidelines aren’t completely cracking down on surveillance as the rules still exclude one of the biggest online sources of personal data – social networks.

It means that companies will still be able to view information that is posted on sites such as Twitter and Facebook to get an idea of what someone may think or use the web for.

The reason for this is because the government said that the information is posted on a third-party site which means that the government can’t control the information that is stored on that area of the web.

It will be a while before the new guidelines kick in as the government have allowed departments until January next year to review the information and agree to the proposals.

Whilst the government’s new stance on data collecting will help make the internet more secure for personal use, the exclusion of social networks still means that it can be possible to get a snapshot of our lives through the web.

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