The less power the State has the better. That’s a good rule of thumb. a So when I read this, I recoil in horror;
Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in “real time”, The Sunday Times reported. A previous attempt to introduce a similar law was abandoned by the former Labour government in 2006 in the face of fierce opposition. However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public.
Rubbish. This is a dangerous and thoroughly unwanted extension of the Police State and one wonders if this Coalition government has embarked on a strategy designed to alienate just about every possible voter! There is no one more anti-terrorist than me BUT we just cannot allow Government to use the alleged threat of terror to impose a vice like grip over our privacy. Trust me, I say nothing in private that I do not say publicly – Government snoopers will not have any surprises should they intercept my emails, texts or phone calls! But they should have no right, no power, to invade the privacy of the citizenry. The very fact that this Government is following in the same totalitarian footsteps of the previous one should tell you all you need to know about Big Government. It is a menace. I hope this legislation fails.