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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Jackboot Jackie's reading your email (and texts, and listening in on all your phone calls)

The Guardian today:
Private firm may track all email and calls

'Hellhouse' of personal data will be created, warns former DPP

"Sir Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions  told the Guardian: "The tendency of the state to seek ever more powers of surveillance over its citizens may be driven by protective zeal. But the notion of total security is a paranoid fantasy which would destroy everything that makes living worthwhile. We must avoid surrendering our freedom as autonomous human beings to such an ugly future. We should make judgments that are compatible with our status as free people."

So not only is this authoritarian government planning on the most intrusive database on the planet, they will entrust it to a private company. The cost expected exceeds the ID Card planned billions. Perhaps they will bring it forwards as part of the stimulus project.

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