Councils, the taxman and dozens of other public bodies will be able to search the internet and social media activity of everyone in Britain, The Telegraph can disclose.
Technology firms will be required to keep records of the websites and apps which people have used and details of when they accessed them for 12 months under new powers unveiled this week.
The new powers, contained in legislation which is published on Wednesday, will primarily be used by police and the security services in pursuit of suspected terrorists and serious criminals.
“Primarily”‘s doing a lot of work there, isn’t it?
And who wants to bet that local councils will be in like Flynn, tracking down the perpetrators of the great let’s not sort our rubbish conspiracy? The wreckers, Prompartists!
I once pointed out, in The Times, that the Home Office has a a sort of “sick ministry” problem. It infects, eventually, everyone who becomes Home Secretary. We are all problems to be managed, managed with that firm fascist hand, not free citizens who create a government to serve our needs.
The correct reaction to any and every policy emanating from said ministry is thus “Fuck off”. Or, to taste, Tor and a VPN.