To take another example, every time a telephone company provides services to someone making bulk calls that seek to exploit the vulnerable in a fraudulent fashion it too aids and abets crime by failing to put the systems in place to prevent this happening. And the reason why they fail? Profit, of course, derived from the crime.
It’s the same with those delivering bulk mail that is fraudulent.
And the ISPs who deliver emails claiming to be from HMRC.
All these agencies claim to be bystanders whilst a crime goes on and that it is not their job to stop the abuse. I do not see why not. Prosecute just one director in a large company for aiding and abetting crime in this way and see what happens then. Alternatively, make them liable for the losses as banks are for insurance misselling.
So the phone companies, Royal Mail and others, the ISPs, now have to check the content of every call, letter and email, in order to absolve themselves from liability?
Well, yes, that is what he’s arguing. Companies should and indeed must read every one of our communications. Can you say “corporate panopticon”?