Monday, 5 November 2012

Liberty: How Private Is Your Private Life?

People are living more and more of their intimate lives online. So this new law requiring internet service providers to act as agents of the snooping State would capture more revealing information than ever before. Imagine a 12-month log of your browsing history and what it might betray about your political inclinations, health concerns, sexuality, religious sentiment — not to mention a huge range of personal interests, anxieties and preoccupations. Any distinction between so-called innocuous “communications data” (traditionally whom you spoke to and when) and “content” evaporates completely on the web. For the young, whose lives revolve around the internet, this law would feel little different from having the thought police on permanent duty in their homes... 

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, writing in The Times.

The government's proposals for the Communications Data Bill include keeping records of every text, email and phone call you make, and of every website you visit, which will be available to hundreds of public bodies (and hackers etc etc).
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