Data retention question
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Tue Jul 29 12:05:12 BST 2014
In article <53D2BC1B.8040501 at talkunafraid.co.uk>, James Harrison
<james at talkunafraid.co.uk> writes
>Do you value your safety more than you value your liberty?
It's not a simplistic tradeoff. If I have a kidnapper's knife to my
throat and the only way the police can find me is by geo-locating my
phone, then I think I'd rather be alive and findable than dead and not.
>for people whose
>lives are increasingly online, DRIP/RIPA's retention laws are
>equivalent to almost precisely that (metadata ~= content, in the
>context of things like addresses of websites you visit - "oh, visited
>http://some-specific-page.com/path.html - but that's all we know, no
>way we can get the content of the message there").
Just to answer this technical point: in theory the part after the first
"/" should not be handed over to investigators. As an anonymising
formula it's a bit crude, but hundreds of hours of work seemed to show
there was nothing better, and it's also better than nothing, which was
where we started the discussion.
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