New e-mail law ‘is an attack on civil liberties’

February 4, 2009

by Murad Ahmed, Technology Reporter, and Richard Ford, Home Correspondent – Times Online

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“Upcoming rules that force internet companies to hold details of every e-mail sent in Britain are a waste of money and an attack on privacy, according to a prominent security expert.

From March, all internet service providers (ISPs) will have to keep data about e-mails sent and received in the UK for a year. The content of individual e-mails will not be kept by the authorities, but the timing and number of each communication will be stored.

At the moment, a similar database of telephone records – fixed and mobile – is held by telephone companies. The implementation of an EU directive, agreed after the alleged plot in August 2006 to set off bombs aboard transatlantic airlines, will extend the information available to the Government to include e-mail and internet traffic.

The Government will reportedly have to pay the ISPs more than £25 million to ensure the law is obeyed. ”

Full story: Times Online

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Websense Express to monitor Internet traffic

February 3, 2008

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Most businesses these days need to be connected to the Internet. But that connection could represent a security threat, cause a drag on productivity, or serve as a way to let inappropriate content into your workplace. You might find yourself losing money or even key intellectual property. One very good solution is to run Websense Express on your network. This app monitors every bit of Internet traffic and lets you know who’s doing what in detailed and informative reports. And when you’re not around, it can act in your stead to implement the security and usage policies that its simple interface lets you easily set up.

Websense Express is powerful tool for monitoring all Internet traffic and combining URL and protocol content-filtering with reporting. You can configure the app to do nothing more than report on Internet use or actively apply policies to block users from accessing unsuitable content. The software lets you track and manage not just Web browsing but also instant messaging and peer-to-peer traffic to prevent employees from wasting bandwidth, disseminating company secrets, and exposing systems to malware.  

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