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Boo, Hiss, UK Snooping Laws


One country you definitely do not expect to find on this lonely little blog: the United Kingdom.

But hell, they've earned it this time! David Cameron, WTF? The BBC reports:

The legislation is primarily aimed at the companies that provide us with telephone and internet connections. It outlines their legal obligation to retain "communications data" on their customers. This metadata includes things like logs of when calls were made, what numbers were dialled, and other information that can be used, the government says, in investigations. It does not include the content of the communications.


The Prime Minister loses one point for the snooping laws, another for forcing them through Parliament without, apparently, time for due consideration, and a third point for justifying them on the grounds of the usual suspects: "emergency needs," Al Qaeda and other international baddies, and of course, pedophilia. We don't support any of those things, of course, but neither do we think the prescription is the appropriate remedy for the problem, and suspect this was just vile justification for something the British government was planning to do anyway.

Lastly, needless to say: this is a move straight out of the Dictator's Handbook. Go read it, chumps.