Remember when Cameron opposed government snooping into our lives? Not any more, clearly. His Communications Data Bill, dubbed the “snooper’s charter” (in reality, a Home Office Bill) would pay ISPs to log our complete online acts, allowing the police and intelligence agencies to easily discover what we’re each doing. What could possibly go wrong with that?
When you’re on the authoritarian side of Nick Clegg, you might have gone a bit far. Clegg has vowed to sink the Bill, vowing that it will not happen (audio here). Good luck to him, but he’s passing through while the bureaucracy is permanent. He might win now, but they only have to win once.
Speaking of authoritarian bastards, CISPA has passed the House of Representatives and is in the Senate. I’m sure that two such similar Bills appearing concurrently, thousands of miles apart in two friendly capitals, is no coincidence.