Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Apr 2012 13:05 UTC
Internet & Networking "Unfortunately, Cameron's declaration that the 'free flow of information' can sometimes be a problem, then an aberration, seems to have turned into a pillar of the UK government's 2012 agenda. Despite declaring early on in his term that internet freedom should be respected 'in Tahrir Square as much as Trafalgar Square', his government is now considering a series of laws that would dramatically restrict online privacy and freedom of speech." The United Kingdom's crippling nanny state culture reaches the web. A country in deep financial problems, facing pervasise social unrest, censors the web to prevent riots. Sure Cameron, make it so.
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RE: bad journalism!
by Fergy on Mon 16th Apr 2012 13:20 UTC in reply to "bad journalism! "
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1. Under the current proposals (they are still just that) these powers can only be used if there is a perceived threat from that individual against the state or the people
This means that when they want to use the power they can without any evidence.
2. The intention of the bill is to update what the intelligence services have access to. Currently these powers exist already for phone calls. Clearly this is no longer the main means of communication used by those who wish to commit crimes.

Clarifying an old law could still be a good opportunity to change it for the better.
3. Where a BIG argument is taking place is who decides on when these powers can be used. The Judiciary or Parliament.

I don't have the feeling parliament is held accountable ever.

4. (this is a personal one) I find it odd that we think its ok for for Google to read our emails for the purpose of adverts. But not the intelligence services to protect lives...

Google gives you the choice. If the government also gives you this choice they should be treated equal. But criminals would opt-out of course so what is the point again?

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