Government planning to monitor all our calls, texts, emails and web use
Under new legislation that is set to be unveiled soon, the government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of ALL OF US. Any time, whenever they like. It’s all to do with tackling crime and terrorism apparently, but it sucks worse than a fat dog’s egg if you ask us.
Assuming that the legislation is passed, it will mean that internet service providers will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. Obviously, they won’t be able to just push a button and see who you’re talking to, texting or emailing – a warrant will be required, but once that is obtained, all of your communication data will be theirs to peruse. Cool – like a modern-day East Germany.
Back in the day, the previous Labour government tried to bring in a central, government-run database of everyone’s calls and emails, but backed off in the face of much spitting and apoplexy from all sides, including the then-Tory opposition. It seems now that their concerns might have been that the plans just didn’t go far enough. The weasels.
Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, has called the move “an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran”. Meanwhile Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, added: “This is more ambitious than anything that has been done before. It is a pretty drastic step in a democracy.”
We’re expecting to see vociferous protesting about this one in the weeks and months to come. No doubt it’s just a smokescreen designed to distract us all while they usher in another slightly less diabolical scheme on the quiet instead. Like banning chips or something. Wankers.