If you imagine that your Internet activity is private and your own business think again. Big Brother is watching you. How closely is debateable and varies from country to country. Certainly in some countries free Interent use is limited or even unavailable.
The UK is the Mother of Freedom though isn't it and promotes free thinking? Well it may do in countries such as the Middle East but things are about to change on UK soil.
Earlier in the year we reported on Coalition plans to monitor all emails and Internet usage in the UK. This would the government claimed allow crime and terrosim to be prevented. Bull said most right minded people.
In light of the ongoing saga of corruption in certain sections of the police, government and the press are we expected to believe that they would act in a free and fair manner within the bounds of the newly extended powers? If past records are anything to go by they will not.
The idea that such intrusion into our lives would prevent terrorism and crime is naive to say the least. It might be better to say that it is simply an excuse. A means of monitoring the people. A way to manipulate us more in the future. Our thoughts, ideas and more.
A way to protect the establishment so that people here are never able to use social networking as it was in countries such as Libya and Egypt to launch an uprsising. Funny how the Biritsh government applauded the people in the Middle East who used the Interent to instigate a revolution.
The Draft Communiication and Data Bill is still alive and kicking. In spite of petitions this year it has not gone away. There has been little press about it since it made waves early in the year. Now it could prove to be a testing issue for the Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
He has so often this year maintained that without the Lib Dem part of this Coalition the Tories would have ravaged the UK more than they have anyway. He stands firm on his opposition of this Bill unless it is amended. Whether the people will want to embrace even an amended version is doubtful. It will depend how far reaching it is. The authorities in the UK already have more wide reaching powers than most people are comfortable with.
In essence the Tories and Lib Dems are adamant that further powers are needed. It is the scope of these powers which is causing a divide. Leveson last week said that Interent accountability was a must. Are governments really wanting to restrict our freedoms for the right reasons or to make sure that their powers continue unchallenged?
According to the BBC the draft Bill will involve:
David Cameron only released a small amount of emails which were requested by the Leveson inquiry. It seems he does not want his shenanigans raked over so why should we, law abiding citizens of the UK?
Nick Clegg has so often sat on the front benches of the Commons stating what he will and will not sign up to that it will be interesting to see what if anything he does with this one. He is not alone in opposing these restrictive measures. The Tories are all for restrictions which of course will politically suit them.
Unless the draft Bill is amended information from a wide range of people and sources will be made readily available to heaven knows who. That cannot be right and proper. Restrictions will need to be put in place to any Bill to prevent limitless extensions added at the whim of this or any future government.
Our opinion is that it is a sham claiming that this Bill is solely aimed at terrorism and crime online. Yes it will force such people to move their activities elsewhere. It will not prevent such people being active. It will however hit ordinary Internet users and further reinforce Big Brother in the UK.
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