Friday 9 January 2009

Labour Voyeurism

I'm still struggling to understand the point of this move by Government to track our e-mails.

From March all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year.

Human rights group Liberty says no-one can be trusted to hold such vast data.

The Home Office insists the data, which does not include e-mails' content, is vital for crime and terror inquiries.

If the information doesn't include the content, as they seem at great pains to emphasize, how can it prove anything at all in crime and terror enquiries? It seems more like an exercise in voyeurism to me.

I get this funny feeling we're being lied to ... again.

Reports have suggested the government has even bigger plans for data retention.

They could involve one central database, gathering details on every text sent, e-mail sent, phone call made and website visited.

Consultation on the plans is due to begin later this year.

I wonder which way it will go. a) In favour of Govenment policy? or b) err ... in favour of Government policy.


AloneMan said...

a). And b). And c) which is "in favour of Government policy".
Where government policy is an ever expending network of monitoring, snooping and control.

Anonymous said...

Of course it will be a proper consultation.

We will see lots of websites spring up from groups eager to support HMG.

They will be asking all good and concerned citizens to send lots of e-postcards expressing support for this wonderful idea and how it protects everyone.

Then of course all the responses will be collected and low and behold there will be 87% in favour.

Where have we seen that before.


wv diddines

banned said...

And just who is going to read all this stuff and open all those dodgey e-mails ?
Is this where Gordon will create his fabulous 100,000 new jobs for hard working British families ?

Shades said...

Maybe it's a trick- they will use RIPA to demand access to the content if they don't like you are corresponding to.

Wonderful bait for fishing expeditions.