Police are now officially able to hack into your phones and check your browsing history after the Snoopers’ Charter came into force yesterday.
(Like they and GCHQ have been doing for years but needed a judge to sign off on it.)
The law – officially called the Investigatory Powers Bill – forces electronic data to be stored by app companies for 12 months, which can be subsequently collected by law enforcement.
While critics have cited it as an attack on privacy, the Government believes the charter is essential for combating terrorism and organised crime.
Thus we the little people are officially the most surveilled by CCTV in the world, with over 1000 reasons why TPTB can enter your home, and now watched and monitored ever second of the day that you use a computer or phone.
And all this to keep me safe?
It would (if I gave a shit) curtail me researching things in-depth that I have an interest in, and writing about subjects that aren’t politically correct or even slightly controversal.
Which it won’t incidentally.
Of course it will also affect little old grannies.
Their emails examined in case they are sharing recipes which contravene some B.S. law or support terrorism. After all you never know, that recipe for cupcakes may contain terrorist Intel. As for kids chatting to each other. Their privacy now gone. Phone the doctor, ‘they’ll’ know.
It’s great living in a society where you are presumed guilty.
Why say that? I must be as they are actively recording all I do, without good reason and not being accused of anything. My emails, phone calls, and browsing habits stored for a year just in case I develop the need to blow shit up or develop anti-establishment tendencies (which everyone knows I already have). Not forgetting CCTV both private and public which watches everyone’s movement.
We are a nation, kept as sheep, for the amusement and abuse of the wolves.
Them wolves? That would be Untied (not a typo) Kingdom’s government!