Yesterday the Government unveiled the ‘Communications Data Bill’. It’s a proposal for more powers to intercept and collect information about who you talk to online. Your communications via Google, Facebook or Skype would be open to what may be a large number of government officials.
You can do something to stop this stupid bill from passing by writing to your local MP.
BoingBoing.net’s Cory Doctorow, who is on the advisory board of The Open Rights Group wrote:
If you’re as outraged as I am that the UK Coalition government is planning on spending £1.8B to spy on every click, IM, email and Facebook update, without a warrant, then please consider visiting the Open Rights Group’s petition page where we’re gathering signatures to present to MPs. The Coalition is deeply divided on this issue, and there’s a very good chance we’ll be able to put paid to this proposal just as we did with Labour’s national ID scheme, but not without your help.
Don’t forget that ORG is running nationwide workshops to help you meet effectively with your MP to lobby them on this issue and on Internet censorship.