DRIP- They Should all be on one- Arsenic Preferred?
DRIP, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act has been discussed more fully and more intelligently than I could hope to equal from a legal point of view.
But from a historical and technical viewpoint, I would like to add my opinion.
Fifty years ago, no government would have dared suggest we open every letter you send in case it was terrorism in action; neither would they suggest a similar action with regard to telephone calls. But this was not just because it was unconscionable; the practicality of doing such a thing, the cost was prohibitive. So governments limited themselves to requesting court orders to intercept communications that other evidence suggested were subversive.
Now we live in an age where communications can and are intercepted by governments and individuals, and easily so; it’s commonly known as hacking.
Now hacking, contrary to the general public’s view is not necessarily illegal. Every time you enter the options or settings of your computer or smartphone and make changes, you have hacked it.
What has changed is the technology, which has, with the free internet made it possible for dissenters to share and discuss information freely and without interference.
This government is slowly closing down that freedom. To access all information is using the proverbial sledgehammer to crack a perceived nut. No evidence required, no court order required. No legislative checks on the actions of the administration.
So, the government don’t like what you say openly, online? They look at your private communications, which while not necessarily illegal may not be conversations you would wish to be public. Then comes the ‘knock’ and you’re told ‘stop criticising the government or we tell the world about your same sex boyfriend/girlfriend, your extramarital affair, your love of camels’. Or even more insidiously, they can take a look at communications between union members and pre-empt industrial action making it effectively impotent. They can be aware of peaceful, legal demonstrations and have a large police presence ready and waiting. Or they could even have paid trouble makers attend to disrupt and discredit said peaceful demonstrations.
The improper- and hidden- use of these powers is virtually endless.
Hey, Lizzy 2, watch out- Iain Duncan Smith may have an eye on the crown!