Everyone behind A Computer Screen is a Potential Terrorist – Hell No! What is Up with the Government?
The Government is bringing forward proposals to allow ISPs to collect information on who and when you send messages to on the internet.
This according to what LibDemHQ is telling bloggers means that under the safeguards of the Investigations of Regulatory Powers Act i.e. the Police cannot access the time, sender and receiver information without the proper authorisation and won’t be able to access content without an intercept warrant.
The problem I have with these proposals to be mentioned in the Queen’s speech is the fact that the Government is sending a message to the British public that they think we are all potential terrorists. That somehow if we use the internet to communicate with people somehow we are trying to plot criminal activities.
This is the government placing a tap on every phone message and promising they’ll only listen to the message if we think you are doing wrong.
Sorry, but every Liberal I know is against that. Every liberal I know including Nick Clegg was against this sort of thing when Labour tried so why now in government are we trying to do the same thing?
If the police believe someone is using the internet to plot criminal activities, it is only then should the police be allowed to set up an internet watch on a specific user.
The police should only be granted this through the courts otherwise we don’t have an independent, objective person analysing whether it is appropriate and suitable to impinge on someone’s personal liberties.