United Kingdom Proposes Mega Archive Of Citizens’ Internet Activity, Phone Calls, And Messaging

To stay positive, think of it as the creation of a giant quilted tapestry, weaving together everything anyone in the country says or does. Via the Washington Post:

British authorities on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every Web visit, email, phone call or text message in the U.K. — and in a sharply-worded editorial the nation’s top law enforcement official accused those worried about the surveillance program of being either criminals or conspiracy theorists.

The surveillance proposed in the government’s 118-page draft bill would provide authorities a remarkably rich picture of their citizens’ day-to-day lives, tracking nearly everything they do online, over the phone, or even through the post.

Home Office Secretary Theresa May said in an editorial published ahead of the bill’s unveiling that only evil-doers should be frightened. “Without changing the law the only freedom we would protect is that of criminals, terrorists and pedophiles,” she said.

What May didn’t mention in her editorial — and the Home Office left off its press release — was that the government also is seeking to keep logs of citizens’ Internet history, giving officials access to the browsing habits of roughly 60 million people — including sensitive visits to medical, dating, or pornography websites.

Prefer to send mail the old-fashioned way? That would be monitored, too. Address details and other markers printed onto envelopes would be copied; parcel tracking information would be logged as well.

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  • MoralDrift

    disgusting

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Stupifying arrogance…..

    Fools, monsters and monsterous fools…..

  • http://internetkhole.blogspot.com/ Pb

    criminals, terrorists, and pedophiles, oh my!

  • Ogo

    Its already here and has been since the 70s.

  • Winston Smith

    Welcome to Airstrip One

  • Nunzio X

    The only acceptable counter to this bullshit is to do everything possible to spy on the spies; to make them feel the heat to the extent possible.

    Citizen videographers are already doing this with the cops. But it’s not enough…

    The other way to counter this (in part) is for journalists to hold “authorities’” feet to the fire when they make bullshit statements like “only criminals and conspiracy theorists worry about this.”

    REPORTER: So you don’t mind me coming over to your place and camping out there 24-7-365 and recording your movements? I mean, you’re not a criminal or conspiracy theorist, are you?

  • DoctaFoo

    Jez! just set up cameras in the toilets already. I swear its like nothing is sacred…can’t search for porn in the privacy of your own internets. That’s what it was created for!! ( porn shops are skeevy…) :p

  • WVPoorboy

    Orwell was so right
     

  • Sytallix

    Most likely legislating what they’ve been doing illegally for years. I wonder over the next decade what remnents of freedom we will have.

  • Thought_Criminal

    Home Office Secretary Theresa May said in an editorial published ahead of the bill’s unveiling that only evil-doers should be frightened. “Without changing the law the only freedom we would protect is that of criminals, terrorists and pedophiles,” she said. 
    Who decides who is a criminal and who is a terrorist? I disagree with this big brother bullshit. Therefore I must side with the criminals and terrorists. Therefore I must *am* a criminal and a terrorist. 

    If Orwell were alive today you can be sure they’d kill him tomorrow. He could tear apart these weak justifcations for a totalitarian police state in his sleep.

    • Drunken_Thought_Criminal

      ack… *be* I shouldn’t post shit when I’m drunk. Go ahead and put that in my pshychological profile Mrs. Theresa May.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KXEISFQYTBLN3NXIM4GEZOQ3GA Tony

    my co-worker’s mom makes $89 every hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for 8 months but last month her income was $19815 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more MorePay3

  • rtb61

    The true purpose of this  is being able to fabricate any kind of evidence of kind of activity, by selective filtering, editing and collation of the data. By creating a flood of digital circumstantial evidence to create an illusion of guilt to silence all opposition.
    Conspiracy to provide aid to terrorist, when terrorist are peace activists, environmental activists, political reform activists and any kind of protester.
    Not necessarily even for prosecution, just for the no knock raid, where they get a chance to execute you, steal all you electronic gear (silencing you), trash your home and detain you and your family for extended periods (trying to get you unemployed).
    Should you fail to shut up, they will simply repeat the potentially lethal no knock raid with extended detention, again and again and again.
    They will extend those raids to family members and friends using the associations of electronic, to put further pressure on you to silence you. Divide and conquer, a specialist law enforcement task force to screw over activists one at a time to silence them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4OSV7HFKLK34MMUUPIJDPKHSZE X

    go fcuk yourself theresa may and keep your sniveling central planner bullshit out of my business, failing that i want to see you doggy style and taking it from the rear on your orwellian totalitarian database, NOTHING TO HIDE NOTHING TO FEAR, get to it bitch, oh by the way please leave your bank account details and pin number, have a fcuk-upped day you skank.