January 30, 2009, 9:22 AM — The date is drawing near, and the blogs are abuzz not just in the UK but everywhere. Starting March 15, all ISPs in the United Kingdom will have to retain all records of any email sent or received, for at least 12 months. This, along with rumors that the Home Office is pushing for laws that would allow them to hack into citizens’ computers, clinches it: those guys are insane.
The controversial law is aimed at increasing national security and preventing terrorism. Ever since former President Bush popularized the notion of removing our freedoms to protect them (a curious idea if I ever heard one), it seems like Western nations have had a free-for-all in heavy-handed laws like this one.
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