Nobody wants this but Stasi Smith
MI6 and GCHQ staff are often caught leaking embarrasing secrets, so they must be the most watched people of all. I bet they don't want their home emails and web watched too.
So no, I bet they DON'T want this, I bet it's just a few power hungry leaders at the top that want this.
I bet ordinary people don't want it either, I bet even trying to scare them about exaggerated threats isn't enough to make them want it. That's why JS claims it is 'to maintain capability' as though they ever had such a device of mass surveillance.
I think this belongs in the Soviet Union and in China and corrupt dictatorships modelled on the Stasi, not the UK. When the Stasi existed, they could only collect information they could store on paper, now Stasi Smith can collect millions of times more data and index it much more efficiently, and she seems to want to.
In the short space of NuLabour, the largest databases have gone from 100Gb to Petabytes. None of this is pre-existing.
When CCTV cameras become high resolution and face recognition improves, and spy cams in the home become possible (already happens that software secretly records your webcam), everything you do and everywhere you go and every person you meet and everything you say and perhaps even your thoughts at the time can be monitored for compliance with some batty old cow's view of a 'good citizen'.
At what point do we draw the line?