When one has been away from blogging for a while, it’s often hard to know where to start. However, news today that Britain is likely to take another step towards George Orwell’s famous nightmare horrifies me. If you haven’t seen the news yet, check out the BBC website or The Times online. The upshot is that the government will now consider setting up a database containing details of every telephone call you make and every email you send. Not only that, they also want details of all of your internet activity. Am I alone in finding this somewhat sinister? Of course the pretext for this will be ‘fighting terrorism’, but the authorities already have the power to request such information from communications companies on a targetted basis. Terror suspects can already have their communications monitored, and I don’t disagree with that. But a single database of every piece of every phone call that you make and every email that you send – how does that make you feel?
Are we living in Britain or Airstrip One? I need to know!