Theresa May, the Home Secretary, today claimed that “ordinary” UK citizens had nothing to fear from the potential creation of new snooping powers for the government and national security agencies.
There are no plans for any big Government database. No one is going to be looking through ordinary people’s emails or Facebook posts.
Only suspected terrorists, paedophiles or serious criminals will be investigated.
But the laws as to what makes you an “ordinary” person do have this habit of changing. The potential legal changes involved wouldn’t be a problem if it meant that only the data of suspected criminals was being intercepted, but the proposals are looking at having everyone’s communication data made retrievable by storing it in big databases. Sure they might not be looking at your Facebook updates now, but what if there’s a change in the law and you suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the tracks.
And so what if laws change? What if attitudes change? What if homosexuality was suddenly outlawed by a religiously fundamental government that ascends to power in twenty years’ time? It’ll be real easy for the regime to track down all the gay people in the country because they will have two years’ worth of communications stored on them, including what web pages they visited.
This government and future governments cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of this nation’s people and that’s why it would be better if we did not put a loaded gun in their hands. Governments have an awful habit of saying they won’t shoot and suddenly leaving you with a hole in the head, they’ve already done that enough times since the Terrorism Act was introduced.
Ah, time to break out the proxy servers.