A new royal decree (law) in Belgium was just passed that requires internet service providers, telecom companies, and email providers to log metadata about its users. An oddly specific list of information is being collected about the users including how many emails they send, how long your calls are, and how you pay your bills. All of the information is then available to all law enforcement officials to use. The most interesting part of the ordeal is that the bill would only allow the government to collect this data for one year. It would obviously be easier to stop criminals if police knew everything about their actions online, but there is no way they can be watching everyone all of the time. It seems to me like this could very well be Michel Foucault’s idea of the Panopticon at work.
Evan Tank – ettank