Tuesday, May 20, 2008

They Made This Guy Prime Minister?

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has proposed that the United Kingdom government create a database that contains records of every phone call, email, and time spent online by people in the United Kingdom.

This is a bad thing.

This is a ridiculously bad thing.

This is such a bad thing that it makes other bad things look like good things.

Such a scheme is a massive invasion of privacy. It is a completely unwarranted surveillance of the population as a whole. It is compiling a massive amount of data that the government does not need and should not have. Such a massive quantity of data will be a tempting target for those who use information for nefarious purposes. While it reeks of losing via Godwin's law, it is not incorrect to suggest that this is reminiscent of Big Brother.

I'll finish by pointing out that not everyone in the government agrees with this and hope that there is an outbreak of common sense and this gets squashed before it sees the light of day.

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2 comments:

Chris_the_Blogger said...

It's all in the database.

Esonlinji said...

select Prime_Minister
from Leaders
where country = UK and year = 2008;

Now I see why they did it.