Monday, 2 April 2012

1984; Warning over need for safeguards in email and web monitoring plan.

There is only one safeguard needed with regard to this unbelievably stupid idea.

Click here for your MP's email address.

Write to your MP and tell him if this legislation or anything even remotely resembling it becomes law then you will vote for the Monster Raving Loony Party at the next election. Get everyone you know to do the same.
There are three main reasons why you should do this;
One, if you are looking for a needle in a haystack it doesn't seem a sensible idea to make the haystack 10 million times bigger. Now that alone should be reason enough to stop this legislation dead in it's tracks but here are a few more because you know politicians can get awfully pig headed when you tell them one of their bright ideas is a contender for the "Worst idea any politician has come out with since Poll Tax".
So onto number two. There are no safeguards that can guarantee that all this data will be completely protected. The Pentagon recently were attacked by hackers, if The Pentagon can not keep data safe then what do you suppose are your chances of every email you have ever sent, every web page you have ever visited and every text message you receive and sent ending up on Wikileaks or somewhere similar.
The third reason this legislation mustn't get into law is sheer cost. Today I have received about 20 emails of which 16 were spam, I sent one text message but so far I have visited over 100 different web pages and I don't really spend that much time on my computer compared to some. But if for some reason my name did come up and the KGB (formally know as British Intelligence) or the Police decided they would like to see all my data then they would be able to read it, eventually. How far back in the queue would I be unless there is an army millions strong sitting in front of computers all day long reading the boring drivel that most of my data would be. The cost of this army and their computers, rent for office space, software to do all this snooping, extra police offices to interview everyone even slightly suspect and a small army physiatrists to keep the work force sane would put back our economic recovery to some where behind that of Greece.
I am sure there are issues of privacy involved so think about this, a load of data is leaked, lost or stolen and reprinted every day in the Daily Scum, Rupert Murdock's new best selling paper. OK when it's strangers or celebs, but what if you read that your best friend or a family member or work college was into kinky sex or was a train spotter or fancied sheep or had some other mildly interesting but not exactly illegal interest. How would you feel every time you spoke to this poor unfortunate sod. Or worse still it was you everyone was reading about.
Email your MP, but do it now before Big Brother gets set up and gets on your case.
ps If you have any lingering doubts then get down to the library, if it's still open and get a copy of 1984 by George Orwell.
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1 comment:

DG 875 said...

It's all very scarey! Virtually all my online use is for my hobby- but I still don't want every Tom, Dick or Harry reading my mail. I've nothing to hide but even so why should my privacy be invaded. WHAT ABOUT MY HUMAN RIGHTS?
Anyone fancy a court case in Brussels?