Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Jun 2013 19:08 UTC
Legal "Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency. The sheer scale of the agency's ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate." Woah.
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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by Gullible Jones on Sat 22nd Jun 2013 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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Which is totally not the point. The situation is not dangerous yet, but it is absolutely ripe for abuse.

Think about it a bit. Governments now have the tools to enforce a totalitarian state much more effectively than in the olden days. What happens to your law-abiding citizens when the law starts to diverge from ethics?

As a matter of fact, we already live in a runaway gonzo-capitalist society - "greedist," as Iain Banks put it - that accommodates many unethical things. People who oppose said system and said things are already targets of the media's ire. What happens now that the government can learn everything about those people?

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