Scary Britain – Snoopers’ charter →

June 14th, 2012

There are already ways for police and intelligence agencies to snoop on suspected criminals; they get a warrant, by justifying the need to snoop.

The government is looking to make it easier to snoop on suspected individuals, with less oversight. That in itself is scary, because we are supposed to able to live our law-abiding lives without scrutiny.

It’s also scary, because more data will be held about us in central locations, making ripe targets for criminals to harvest.

Sign this petition to object to the surveillance laws.

3 Responses to “Scary Britain – Snoopers’ charter”

  1. “I just don’t understand why some people might criticise these proposals. I have no doubt conspiracy theorists will come up with some ridiculous claims about how these measures are an infringement of freedom. But without changing the law, the only freedom we would protect is that of criminals, terrorists and paedophiles.”

    What a complete moron.

  2. fredsherbet says:

    I finally found the thing I heard referenced on a podcast years ago, and haven’t heard about since. (I think)

    It was when Eric Schmidt made a similar silly remark about people doing things they want to keep private are probably doing things they shouldn’t be doing. The really interesting part of the article is this (emphasis mine):

    For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.
  3. I find it interesting reading that with, at the back of my mind, the idea I once had that having our memories publicly available might solve selfishness (like that if we hadn’t evolved to have private thoughts, there’d be no malicious acts committed where we feel we won’t be held accountable for them), as well as giving us a more realistic idea about people in general.

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