The British government is proposing a bill that would force communications providers to log details of every e-mail, telephone call, and text message in the U.K. and make this information available to law enforcement on request.
“Unless you are a criminal, then you’ve nothing to worry about from this new law.” How many times have humans heard that old saw? Only as many times as governments have taken away more of their liberties in the name of fighting crime.
The latest politician to utter those infamous words is British Home Secretary Theresa May. Defending her government’s plan to require communications providers to store details of every e-mail, telephone call, and text message in the United Kingdom, May called the proposal “sensible and limited” and denounced opponents as “conspiracy theorists … with ridiculous claims about how these measures infringe freedom.”
“I just don’t understand why some criticize these proposals,” she wrote in a June 14 op-ed in the Sun.
Who, after all, could object to a plan that, according to the Associated Press, “would force communications providers … to gather a wealth of information on their customers” and then make that data available to law enforcement on request, giving “authorities a remarkably rich picture of their citizens’ day-to-day lives”? Under the bill, says the AP:
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