21 October 2008

Yet More Surveillance

There is an excellent piece by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing about the government's attempts to force anybody buying a mobile phone to show their passport. This would enable the government to complete it's giant database of every phone call, email and website visit, by allowing them to tie every phone to an individual.

The whole idea that this is purely about serious crime or terrorism is clearly nonsense. As Cory points out, those people will simply buy an anonymous phone overseas and use it in the UK. Somebody else pointed out another obvious way around it, which is to steal somebody else's phone.

At first I was annoyed by the fact that this totalitarian government was trying to completely rob me of my freedom and privacy. Now I'm more annoyed by the fact they've become so arrogant that they don't even think they need to bother coming up with a half decent excuse to do it.

1 comment:

Jock Coats said...

Don't go near an airport either, at least without tin-foil underwear.