By May 20, 2012

CISPA Watch: UK Government And Staff Caught Snooping On Citizen’s Data

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Last week the U.K. government was forced to reveal that more than 1,000 government employees have ’snooped’ on British citizens’ private data.

Nearly 1,000 civil servants working at the Department for Work and Pensions were disciplined for accessing personal social security records.

In addition, the Department for Health, which operates the U.K.’s National Health Service and more importantly all U.K. medical records, saw more than 150 breaches occur over the last 13-month period.

This story comes to light just weeks after the Queen formally announced that the U.K. government will monitor all Web and email traffic, and log all landline, mobile phone, and Skype calls.

Of course, we have CISPA.

The US government and our private corporations tell us that our privacy will be protected under CISPA. Just trust us.

That no unauthorized individuals will have access to your personal records. Just trust us.

That our data will be completely and totally secure. Just trust us.

Of course, that trust would be easier to give if CISPA didn’t provide a “get out of jail” immunity card to companies that voluntarily provide the government with information.

Or if CISPA didn’t allow “cybersecurity data” to be gathered and passed and shared between companies and among any and all “interested” government agencies.

Or if CISPA didn’t give the NSA a legal mandate and access to any and all information collected, both foreign and domestic.

We’re told we need CISPA. We’re told to worry about legions of hackers illegally accessing our computer systems and databases.

But again and again it turns out that our employees and civil servants, those we trust with our private data, are the ones that we really need to watch.

Regardless, I’m sure we won’t be reading such stories regarding data and privacy breaches here in the US. Or how the government was forced to reveal such things under our version of the UK’s Freedom of Information law.

Because under CISPA, any and all information shared, even the nature of the information shared, is completely and totally exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Don’t worry.

Just trust us.

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[Via Channel 4 Dispatches]


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