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Security quotes of the week

Posted Aug 3, 2012 17:19 UTC (Fri) by dps (subscriber, #5725)
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AFAIK BT, our equivalent of AT&T, do not routinely record the contents of calls but definitely do record who called who when. There is at least one high profile case when the police had the time and duration of calls, which were correlated with suspect payments, but not the contents of them.

I think the same applies to most of our cellular networks and alternative fixed line telephone services.

Of course in the land of the free, where sick people can't get affordable health insurance and sockets do not have switches, things could be different.


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Security quotes of the week

Posted Aug 4, 2012 11:47 UTC (Sat) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

AFAIK BT, our equivalent of AT&T, do not routinely record the contents of calls but definitely do record who called who when.
Well, yeah. They need it for billing (both to distinguish local and long-distance calls, when BT made that distinction, and to enable itemized billing, which essentially everyone expects at this point). They didn't implement it because they were told to by a shadowy government conspiracy, though if a shadowy government conspiracy *needs* the information now it's there I'm sure they can get at it.

Security quotes of the week

Posted Aug 4, 2012 18:53 UTC (Sat) by Kwi (subscriber, #59584) [Link]

I'm surprised this isn't common knowledge in tech-circles yet.

Under the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC), all EU telecommunication providers must log the time, place, sender and receiver of every communication for every customer, for a period of at least six months.

The usual interpretation of "every communication" is "every text message, every phone call, every e-mail sent via SMTP, and every IP packet", though the IP logging is sometimes reduced to e.g. every TCP stream or every 500 IP packets, due to the massive amount of log data otherwise produced.

Information logged includes name and address of the subscriber, any internal user ID, phone number, IMEI (handset) and IMSI (SIM) numbers, cell tower ID and geographical location, IP address and email address, as applicable.

According to Wikipedia, only Sweden has not yet implemented the directive (apparently sticking to NSA-style secret network edge-surveillance for now), while the directive has been found unconstitutional in Romania, Germany and the Czech Republic. All other EU countries implement the directive.


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