Is Rupert Murdoch and SKY Fit and Proper to Be In Control of Communications Technologies
Can a handful of private investigators and investigative journalists really garner all the data available to Murdoch's empire - or does Murdoch have other ways we have not considered?
With the Murdoch Empire mired in scandal around the world for hacking mobile phone messages and SKY News now admitting they are hacking emails - there is one vital question being overlooked – what exactly are SKY technologies capable of?
With multiple companies controlled by the Murdoch empire admitting they have no regard for the law of the land in regard to privacy of telecommunications and electronic mail what methods and technologies can the Murdoch empire use to intercept our communications and invade our private lives?
The Murdoch empire is a major provider of ISP services in Britain.
As of January 2012, SKY had increased its market share to 17% (3.6 million customers) and 29% of all Sky homes now take all three of Sky TV, Sky Broadband and Sky Talk.
SKY’s current developments are
• Building out Sky’s network to reach even more UK homes: Sky is extending its network footprint to bring great value broadband to 88% of the UK by June 2013. This means more than 1 million extra homes will be covered by Sky’s network.
• Providing customers with free WiFi wherever they are: Sky will shortly launch its public Wi-Fi service, powered by The Cloud. This will provide Sky Broadband Unlimited customers with free access to more than 10,000 hotspots across the UK. Available in venues such as Caffe Nero, Pizza Express and Wagamama, Sky customers will enjoy seamless and convenient access to public WiFi. This will prove particularly valuable for customers who access Sky content on the go, with high quality wireless delivering an even better experience for Sky Go and Sky’s other video-rich applications.
• Adding choice with Sky Broadband Unlimited Fibre: Sky is to give customers even more choice by adding a fibre broadband product to its range from April. For £20 a month, customers will be able to access download speeds of up to 40 megabits with a totally unlimited product that has no usage caps. From launch the new product will be available to around 30% of UK homes, growing over time in line with BT’s fibre roll-out programme.
But can an organisation linked with Rupert Murdoch and his family and management team be trusted with these technologies in the light of the increasing exposes by the Leveson enquiry?
Rupert Murdoch has always insisted we must hook our landline to his SKY boxes – but what is the real reason? Is this technology capable of hacking our phone calls or tracing the numbers dialling in and the numbers we dial out? Has anybody investigated this possibility? Is this another way to hack our private telecommunications and if so has Rupert Murdoch’s empire being using the technology in this way?
And then questions must be asked in regard to SKY’s fitness to be an ISP.
SKY news had to admit to the Leveson enquiry they are hacking emails and will not rule out continuing to do so. Were these emails transferred via the SKY ISP network and if so is this where and why they were easily intercepted by a Murdoch corporate body?
On the basis of all the law breaking conducted by multiple organisations controlled by the Murdoch empire, can SKY be trusted not to intercept communications over their new free WI-FI service? Why offer a service free- what’s in it for SKY ? Is it access to our communications wherever we are?
And then we have SKY currently advertising to encourage everyone to link their home computers to the SKY box “to use anytime plus” - a service they could easily provide via the SKY box. So why insist we must hook our PC up to the SKY box? Is this just an innovative way to track the online activities of customers who do not use SKY as their ISP?
SKY are constantly congratulated for their real time reporting capabilities but are they using our communications networks and sky boxes to intercept communications of millions of people in Britain to ensure they are first to a story?
With an organisation being exposed and having to admit hacking communications of people from all walks of life across the whole of Britain using modern technology as their chosen method of invasion of privacy, surely we must question their control of technologies in our homes and internet access and the capabilities of spying on our telephone conversations and our internet browsing and communications with these technologies.
We trusted SKY – but with recent revelations – can we trust their technologies in our homes and our mobile phones any more?
Is it time technical investigations were carried out on SKY boxes and investigations into SKY as an ISP to find out if SKY is in fact using their technologies to spy on everyone – not just private investigators – as the extent of the data Murdoch appears to have access to – in real time - would suggest their methods surely must be further reaching than a handful of private investigators and investigative journalists
Is SKY technologies in our home the privacy elephant in the room?