ISPs could be forced to track their customers' usage

Think Phorm was bad? The British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, is pushing forward for a number of fundamental changes to the Communications Data Bill that could transform ISPs and Communications companies into snooping powerhouses.

The changes will make it compulsory for those companies to monitor and keep logs of their customers' usage to fight terrorism, to detect and prevent crime; which means that the police forces will have access to that data.

The bill, if passed by parliament, will mean that UK will comply with the EU Directive 2006/24/EC which deals with the retention of communications data including internet usage and phone calls.

In a statement, the government added that "The Bill would bring the legislative framework on access to communications data up to date with changes taking place in the telecommunications industry and the move to using Internet Protocol core networks".

However, criminals and terrorists are already a step ahead and could use an array of techniques to defeat any surveillance like encryption, PAYG phones as well as piggy-backing on wireless networks.