Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov't plans ‘Big Brother’ database for phones & e-mails in UK

A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism. (link via timesonline.co.uk) Well, that's another attack on our right to privacy. And yet again they are using the excuse that a government database is necessary for the fight against crime and terrorism. That's right another database - we already have the Identity Card Scheme/National Identity Register ,the UK national DNA Database (which is being added to everyday), the (deliberately) vague named ContactPoint (the national children's database) and the NHS Care Records Service (the electronic records system that aims to put all patients records online in one database) and now they have plans for a database of electronic information holding details of every phone call and e-mail sent in the UK. Each one of these databases is scary enough but add them all together and it doesn't take much to see how sinister it all really is. And I haven't even mentioned that we have more CCTV cameras in the UK than any other country in the world. Big Brother indeed! Be afraid, be very afraid.

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