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by Mike Masnick

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cybercafes, monitoring, uk

UK Police Tell Cybercafe Owners 'We're Not Asking You To Spy On Users... But Spy On Users'

from the that-thing-we-said-about-not-spying-on-users?-yeah,-ignore-that dept

Over in the UK, police are apparently going around to various cybercafes and telling the owners and operators to be observant about what customers are doing, even to the point of examining the hard drives of the public computers after people have used them. Amusingly, the police then say, "It's not about asking owners to spy on their customers..." -- except that it is. The recommendations specifically included "encouraging people to check on hard drives." But that's not spying?

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    Richard (profile), 29 Mar 2010 @ 3:11am

    I've been to cybercafes that have their systems setup to automatically wipe the hard drive back to a "fresh install" state. My school does the same thing to their computers every night as well. I would be surprised if it wasn't a common practise, as it protects their customers from other customers, and keeps their machines running well.

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