The Metropolitan Police advises entities that provide public access to Internet usage to monitor customers.
London (WiredPRNews.com) – Police in the U.K. are reportedly advising Internet cafes to be mindful of customer activity online. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), The Metropolitan Police spoke of an initiative on Thursday to remind owners of public web spaces of police availability when concerns arise regarding suspicious activity of online users.
A police spokesperson is quoted by the AP as stating of the matter, “It’s not about asking owners to spy on their customers, it’s about raising awareness… We don’t ask them to pass on data for us.”
Simon Davies, who directs the U.K.-based Privacy International, is further quoted in the report as stating of potential privacy concerns of the counter-terrorism initiative, “What you’re going to end up with is a lot of people reporting Muslims in Internet cafes… We don’t expect that our calls from a public phone would be monitored, anymore than we should expect our e-mails to be monitored. As citizens we have to hold the line that there is a fundamental right of privacy of communications.”
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