Frank_Rizzo - 9:51 am on Apr 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
Stable doors open, horse bolted
This is already taking place - it's being going on for years. The announcement now is to purely comply with EU laws, and to open up the way for further intrusion.
King Arthur's Weapon of Choice
In the 90's Labour created the Excalibur database. This system recorded (typed into a database) every speech made by every opposition politician. The database would allow Labour dark art masters to instantly rebuttal any attack made by the opposition.
* If a tory MP had a few years earlier said 'We must chop down the trees at Little Swarpington high street', but then in the future attacked Labour policy on tree felling, the Labour spin meisters would be able to embarrass the tory and chop his statement down in one.
Knowledge is Power
The tories - like any major world leader - now know how useful this is in order to stay in power. If they can see what the citizens are reading, tweeting, emailing, pictures they are posting on facebook then they have the power to suppress any threat to their government in the future.
* A 22 year old labour supporter is coming up the ranks and is destined to be the new councillor at A City. But the opposition know everything he wrote as a 17 year old. He talked drug references with his PS3 friends, he sex-texted a 16 year old in an inappropriate way whilst drunk ... You don't know that, I don't know that, an employee does not know that, but the leader of the opposition party in A City does and will use that knowledge to curtail the aspirations of that bright 22 year old political activist.
The Destination and not the Content
Whilst Jacqui Smith did want giant data silos to record everything the Lib Cons are saying that their CCDP will only record who is talking or emailing to who.
They will only know that Reverend Green sent 5 emails to Miss Scarlet on 10th March but will not know the contents of those emails. They will also know that Mrs White visited a cookery website, whilst Colonel Mustard visited dozens of plumbing websites over a 2 week period.
That is obtrusive in itself but they do want to go further. Any major world leader now wants Deep Packet Inspection technology to not only record what websites are visited but to read the contents of most internet traffic in near real time.
They want to know if Colonel Mustard was just looking for a new shower unit, or was he sizing up lead piping. Was Mrs White looking for cake recipes or was she trying to find out the best type of baking soda to mix with vinegar.
Deep packet inspection was trialled 6 years ago and it is in active use now. It is / was used in arab countries to change the contents of messages to suppress the opposition; it is used by the UK and US to intercept and read every piece of information on citizens.