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UK Spy Agency Launches E-Mail Terror Alerts

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C|Net is reporting that the British spy agency MI5 wants to scare the hell out its citizens via e-mail instead of the traditional methods of radio and television, because this is exactly the kind of message you want to be delivered via a service that some people don't check for days and weeks at a time.

Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 launched a new e-mail alert service Tuesday to warn the public about changes in the security threat level. Internet users will be able to register on the MI5 Web site to receive automatic electronic updates in their e-mail in-boxes.

Terror alerts via SMS and Instant Messaging good, via email baaad. In fact I'd love the idea of getting these things via IM, since I'm bound at the hip to either my desktop or laptop at any given time. I don't own a cell phone though, so SMS wouldn't work very well. I'm the last of a dying breed, like people who still own VCR's. Hey, I've got a DVR...I built it myself, so shaddup.

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Jan 10, 2007, 6:29:00 AM
MI5, the Security Service, part of whose remit is supposed to be giving protection advice against electronic attacks over the internet, is sending all our personal details collected by the email registration(forename, surname and email address) unencrypted to commercial third party e-mail marketing and tracking companies which physically and legally in the jurisdiction of the United States of America, and is even not bothering to make use of the SSL/TLS encrypted web forms and processing scripts which are already available to them.

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