Internet the battle ground
The internet has long been viewed as a convenient media for communication and propaganda for organised crime, terrorism.
There has been many chapters in this story with one side or the other claiming advantage by using new techniques in encryption, techniques to avoid detection or to monitor traffic.
The Snowdon revelation gave everyone a glimpse to the monumental scale of monitoring and data collections by governments this has also altered organised crime and terrorist alike as to review their communication’s security.
The governments have long viewed the private internet companies as a weak link, it appears that in America there has long existed a secret arrangement with internet companies this has sometimes meant that backdoors were left open so governments could gain access without having to request or enforce legal notices.
In UK the home secretary about to introduce new measures inserted in the new Counter-terrorism and Security Bill.
One issue being addressed is the IP internet protocol addresses that every devise is assigned on the internet. The firms are being formally asked to maintain a log of IP addresses and who has used them so that through IP matching and tracing police and security services can deal more effectively with problems of identifying suspects on the internet.
The Counter-terrorism and Security Bill will also include the ability of refusing entry to nationals returning from front line activity in support of banned organisations.
It remains to be seen if the bill will be passed wholly or if it will be modified or buried as the so called snooper charter was previously due to coalition disagreement.