Tuesday, October 07, 2008
1984 - The Reality
Oh dear, it seems that Nanny has been reading Orwell's "1984".
All well and good, except that instead of taking it as a warning she is using it as a blueprint.
Nanny is thinking about spending £12BN on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.
GCHQ, Nanny's eavesdropping centre, has already been given £1BN to start the ball rolling.
The Home Orifice, run by the ex Home Economics teacher (Jacqui Smith), is keen to stress that "no formal decision had been taken" (they say that when they want to gauge how angry people will be). However, our "respected" government ministers have already agreed "in principle" to the programme.
Nanny says that the live monitoring is necessary to fight terrorism and crime. Quite how Nanny can build a live system that can monitor eg an annual number of text messages of 57 billion is beyond me.
A few factoids:
1 It is immoral and repellent that our phone calls, emails and texts will be bugged by Nanny.
2 The state has proven itself incapable of implementing all large scale IT projects (eg NHS), Nanny will screw this up as well.
3 Data security is not Nanny's strong point, eg HMRC Datagate, the data gathered by this monstrosity will leak. Guaranteed!
4 1984 was a warning, not a blueprint!
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