The UK’s top law enforcement officer says Britons must be prepared to sacrifice their freedoms online if they want to be protected from terrorists and cyber criminals. This includes giving authorities access to private email and social media contents.
Speaking to The Guardian, the director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA), Keith Bristow, warned that the UK’s biggest threats are becoming increasingly focused on the web, and that authorities had not done enough to persuade the public that greater oversight of their online activity was necessary.
He told the newspaper that existing methods of monitoring communications had to be “modernized” and that the NCA, which is being touted by the government as Britain’s version of the FBI, was “losing capability and coverage of serious criminals”.
While Bristow did not outline plans to increase the monitoring of web activity, digital watchdog Open Rights Group (ORG) expressed concern that, while it welcomed public debate about sureillance of personal communications by the police and intelligence services, “so far the government seems intenton simply increasing its powers to allow unchecked whole population profiling,”