Fundamentally flawed police state law...
Every computer has many thousands of OS and application data files stored in whatever format these programs wish to use. A lot of them are obscure to all but the programmers on that team.
So what if the police state decides to choose one of these obscure files and asks for it to be decrypted? ... A defense of I don't know means you are sunk. You can't say you've never seen it before and you cannot open it as you have no idea about what it is. Its also extremely unlikely even expert witnesses could identify all the files. No programmer could, let alone non-technical people who wouldn't have a clue. But even programmers couldn't protect against it completely as all programmers can create data files other programmers cannot identify what they are and what is encoded within them. So a truly innocent file can be implied to be illegal simply because its obscure and that is all that is needed to lock people up these days!.
So this law is now the perfect tool to not only silence anyone you want to choose to use the law against, (to get them locked up) plus as a bonus you also get to discredit their character by implying they are doing wrong. Great way to run a police state. It would be the perfect tool to use against political opponents, or better yet simply use it against political protesters, say protesters against the growing and rampant state corruption. Pick them up, search their computer, lock them up for a few months or even years and when they are released its too late for them to help stand against the growing corruption. Doesn't even matter if they appeal and win, all that happens is they get a very small amount of state money but the real goal was to silence them during the protests, so its money well spent. Anyway tax payers pay for locking them up and pay for the appeal payouts. So its a win win move for a police state.
As for “the government's Chief Surveillance Commissioner, ” ... WTF!?!
So yet again, another day and another way our ever growing police state tightens its grip once more around all our necks. Now all unknown files can be uses against us. Oh great. How many more legal and political tools do they need to run a repressive regime? Surely they have enough already, but then with greedy control freak people who seek power over others, sadly history shows no amount of power is enough for them, as they always want more because more means more personal gain from having such growing power over everyone else.
Even more worryingly, the more the greedy power seekers clamp down on all of us, the more they create a pressure for change away from their control, but I fear this won't end once the Conservatives wipe out NuLabour at the next election. The Conservatives are very likely to just keep using what NuLabour have created and just blame Labour for the mess. In one core regard, everyone in politics (regardless of which party they are in) is at their core, the same kind of person. They all seek power over other people. Thats why they go into politics. So as they are all power seekers then they all seek the personal gain they get from having such power over us all. So this decent into a police state isn't going to stop. The better technology gets the worse they will get. They will just build on what they already have from NuLabour. All MPs seek power over others and new technology is given them ways to gain ever more power their predecessors could never have ever dreamed possible. There needs to be a line they cannot cross but they don't want to listen.
The more they fail to listen the more this is coming down to a US vs THEM situation where its everyone in the UK against the minority of greedy control freaks who seek to rule over us all, ultimately for their own gain. Computers, the Internet, even all of technology in general are just pawns in their battle for ever more power and the more they clamp down on our lives the more they heat up that battle and the growing anger against them. So every day now I fear we are taking another step towards what was once unthinkable in the UK, a full scale revolution against the ever more corrupt and greedy political elite. The way its going it looks ever more likely the public anger against the expenses claims was just the first round of this coming battle.
“Alas, that these evil days should be mine.“ :(