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What gets monitored ??

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What gets monitored ??

Is everything you view on the internet monitored ?
For example say you were writing a book on Guns, defence, or a whole range of topics are the sites you visit monitored or is it only if things are downloaded ?
I Accept of course that certain sites with illegal content such as pornography are likely to be monitored and quite rightly so but what of the more general sites that have information on general topics such a previously mentioned ?
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pierre_pierre
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Re: What gets monitored ??

what you write here is to be found on Google very shortly after wards
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just like this
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Is everything you view on the internet monitored ?

It's best to assume that it is, just as it's best to assume emails are like postcards unless they are encrypted.
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yup, you asked about guns
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Of course, Google will find what he wrote. The OP is asking about what he views.
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I don't think anything is actively monitored unless you're the suspect of a crime.  If you frequent (for instance) forums which teach you how to become a suicide bomber, no one will know, unless you post messages in which case you'd end up being marked for watching and the police could ask your ISP to monitor your internet connection.  If you attempt to go to a website which is illegal and is on the IWF register, again no one will know about it, you just won't be able to go to the website (as far as I know it's not logged).
So who watches you?  No one really, unless you've done something bad which warrants you being watched.
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Don't believe that David. This government is pretty paranoid and has a communications monitoring station which monitors all internet activity. Just because you don't see people parked outside sat in a car or see your litter bags torn open doesn't mean your not being monitored.
See the GCHQ website for more: http://www.gchq.gov.uk/
In reality it would be impossible to manually monitor 40million internet connections (or however many there are) so I would suspect they use automated analysis and have profile matching which looks for certain activities.
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I recall a few Christmases ago when the PN staff reported on the forum the most popular things that people had been viewing on Christmas Day.
I can't be bothered to trawl the archives for it but I remember it well and replied to the thread as I was rather bemused (and more than a bit concerned) by it. 
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Is this the article and corresponding thread you're referring to, poppy?
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david.  didnt acs law trawl torrent sites for illegal downloads.
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Yes Mav, those are the links - thank you for taking the trouble to find them.  Strange how I remembered that from over two years ago.   Huh
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Must admit I am quite amazed that anything you send over the net can be found.
I assume the same applies to e-mails but what about bank details can these be read as well, for example if I pay in/out a sum of money to my account the details will be securely stored but during the actual transmission of that information could it be seen (and recorded) ?
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david.  didnt acs law trawl torrent sites for illegal downloads.

Torrents work by you connecting to other computers to download from them, ACS would have just set up a torrent and harvested the IP addresses of people who connected to them.
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Re: What gets monitored ??

Don't search engines have to keep records of searches (and who made them) for a fixed period of time?