The private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone’s calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary.
A cabinet decision to put the management of the multibillion pound database of all UK communications traffic into private hands would be accompanied by tougher legal safeguards to guarantee against leaks and accidental data losses.
But in his strongest criticism yet of the superdatabase, Sir Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, who has firsthand experience of working with intelligence and law enforcement agencies, told the Guardian such assurances would prove worthless in the long run and warned it would prove a “hellhouse” of personal private information.
“Hallelujah fan Tom Logan, from London, said: “I do get very emotional when I hear the line ‘she tied you to her kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair’ because that happened to me once.”
‘The government has been accused of trampling on individual liberties by proposing wide-ranging new powers for bailiffs to break into homes and to use “reasonable force” against householders who try to protect their valuables.’
‘Policewoman Alicia Lorena Lindgvist discovered the child by a canal in the Christ King district of the city.
She said: “I was walking and noticed a gang of cats sitting very close together. It is unusual to see so many like that so I went for a closer look and that’s where I saw him. The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter. There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty.
“When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me. They were keeping the boy warm while he slept.”
The officer, who noticed scraps of food near the boy, added: “The cats knew he was fragile and needed protecting.” ‘