The Government of the day has a duty to protect the security of the country, but needs to balance this with the privacy of the individual and our freedom of speech and expression.
DNA is a good tool for detecting suspects after a crime has been committed, but is its limited usefulness a justification for a Governmnet to pass legislation that requires every person in the UK to provide a DNA specimen on the basis that you can trust your Government not to misuse it.
The power to intercept or retrieve a record of every single persons emails, mobile phone calls, website visits and without a warrant allow GCHQ to see, who we are contacting, how often and for how long could be over the top. This government obviously consider we are all criminals and terrorists.
The Information Commissioner has already expressed concerns.
There will no doubt be the, If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, argument, but going back only a few decades ago it was a Criminal Offence to engage in Homosexual acts, if we had had such technology as we have to day in those times, the prisons would have been overflowing with Homosexuals convicted on intercepts and evidence of web sites they had visited.
This law will mean that you would not be wise to communicate using email or text or mobile phone unless your communication does not include anything that might cause concern to the authorities.
If I sent an email to a friend and said, "Had an argument with the wife last night, I will kill her for her moaning", can I expect a visit from the police on suspicion of plotting her murder?
Just consider what some of us post on this site and how it can be given another meaning.
Better get the Gulags ready for many of us.
This proposed legislation is totally against the principles of the Liberal Democrats and I cannot see how any of their MPs could support it, many decent Conservatives that support the freedom of the individual are opposed to this, Communist era type invasion into our lives.
Spot on, exactly as I see it.