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February 12 2013

U.K. spy agencies plan to install Web snooping 'black boxes'


U.K. intelligence agencies are planning to install surveillance 'black boxes' on phone networks and ISP servers that utilize deep packet inspection to monitor Web traffic—including Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, among others.

The U.K.'s intelligence agencies are planning to install 'black box'-style surveillance devices in the country's telecommunications infrastructure to monitor the U.K.'s online activity.

According to lawmakers in the country's capital [PDF], these devices will rely on deep packet inspection—a technique that has been criticized repeatedly by online activists and citizens alike—as part of the government's efforts to increasingly monitor British Web.

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