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Jan. 5th, 2009 | 11:24 am

Insert "PC police" joke here.
Police have been given the power to hack into personal computers without a court warrant. The Home Office is facing anger and the threat of a legal challenge after granting permission. Ministers are also drawing up plans to allow police across the EU to collect information from computers in Britain...

Hacking – known as "remote searching" – has been quietly adopted by police across Britain following the development of technology to access computers' contents at a distance. Police say it is vital for tracking cyber-criminals and paedophiles and is used sparingly but civil liberties groups fear it is about to be vastly expanded.

Remote searching can be achieved by sending an email containing a virus to a suspect's computer which then transmits information about email contents and web-browsing habits to a distant surveillance team.

Alternatively, "key-logging" devices can be inserted into a computer that relay details of each key hit by its owner. Detectives can also monitor the contents of a suspect's computer hard-drive via a wireless network.

Okay, so simple routine measures - say, the ones recommended by the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform - should be able to prevent these remote methods, which sound very standard, and I assume that they would still have to get a warrant to break into someone's house and install a hardware keylogger. That isn't really the point though.

I'd be interested to see under which "oh it will never be abused essential to the fight against wotsits" Act this one has crept in.

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no warrant required

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)

This article implies no warrant is required to break in and leave a keylogger - just the say-so of a 'senior officer': http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5439604.ece

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from: phillykat
date: Jan. 19th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)

what you do is leave a trail of crumbs for them to follow to a gif of a giant doughnut. It'll keep them occupied for hours.

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