In the convention you have this:
1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.
That is, like so much in Europe today, all gobbledy-gook!
You have the right to a private life unless the government on Europe or you sovereign nation says you don’t. Well what is the use of that then?
The UK government is forging ahead with its snooping laws – all in the name of a European directive of course, by paying ISPs:
[…] between £25m and £70m.
I do wish that one, no ANY politician would come here and answer why this amount of money should be spent on a thing that is, at most, a ‘Just in case law’.
The Home Office insists the data, which does not include e-mails’ content, is vital for crime and terror inquiries.
The new rules are due to come into force on 15 March, as part of a European Commission directive which could affect every ISP in the country.
The firms will have to store the information under the government’s Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) and make it available to any public body which makes a lawful request.
That could include police, local councils and health authorities.
What that lawful request will be is quite beyond me – because, as if you hadn’t already guessed it – there is plenty of laws which will allow warrants to be issued under British law – if they are needed, one is that infamous RIPA law (an anti-terror law) – the one used by local councils to snoop on people putting trash in their rubbish bin and walking their dogs who just may shit in the local park – oh, and the bestest of all, to snoop on parents looking to have their child in one school – terrorist law my arse!
So what will the health authority want with your email and where you sent them and who to? The local council will snoop on you for a billion reasons, the police – the only real legitimate body have all the tools that this law gives, as I say, already – what this law does do is circumvent the courts – which is exactly what Brown and his Labour party want to do.
Dr Richard Clayton, a security researcher at the University of Cambridge’s computer lab said the money could have been better spent.
He said:”There’s going to be a record of every single e-mail which arrived addressed to you and all the e-mails you sent out via your ISP.
“That of course includes all the spam”
Me – I just shake my head in disbelief that this will be accepted by any party in the UK and more so because the people are not demanding a change to this law and this government.
Giving away millions of pounds for what? The headers on email which can be…..well – you know the rest.