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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Big Brother on Facebook

When it comes to the capacity of the Labour Government to undermine our basic rights by extending its reach to our private lives, nothing will surprise me anymore. Thus the suggestion today that those using social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a "Big Brother" database is entirely predictable.

That does not make it right of course. As Liberal Democrat MP, Tom Brake says: "Plans to monitor our phone and email records threaten to be the most expensive snooper's charter in history. It is deeply worrying that they now intend to monitor social networking sites which contain very sensitive data like sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political views. Given the Government's disastrous record with large IT projects and data security, it is likely that data will leak out of every memory stick, port and disk drive when they start monitoring Facebook, Bebo and MySpace."

This is a deeply intrusive proposal and must be resisted.


on the other hand, it's a lot cheaper! If the govt wants to know about my "sexual orientation, religious beliefs and political views" they can just look at my Facebook page. Rather that than them secretly tapping my phone or harvesting my emails.

(Businesses do this already, apparently, with potential employees.)
If the Government is using Facebook, the "spies" will think that I look like Blakey from "On the Buses"
To be honest I always assumed that the security services were looking at facebook from day 1. In fact they probably were, have been and still are. So whats the big deal? Isn't that the whole point of having a security service so that they can assess potential threats in order to keep us all safe?
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