CITIZENS OF BRITAIN! BE AFRAID! BE VERY AFRAID! FEAR EVERYTHING!
FEAR YOUR OWN FREEDOM!
(now give it all to us....)
Queue a bit rise the F/OSS systems for encryption and obfuscation of traffic.
All this does is force citizens to enter the arms race against their own state.
It's short-sighted, it's stupid. I'd like to see a list of which MPs support this, and which MPs have certain...umm..."friendships" (or who's spouses/relatives do) with the providers. I'm betting there is going to be a strong correlation.
95% of crimes involve communications data. NO SHIT! 100% involve h2o as well, let's monitor the use of that. No, let's ban that and only allow people to have it under license. IDIOTS!
Creating a population of prisoners does NOT stop terrorists, it's breeds a whole new set of locally based and highly motivated ones.
Lee Rigby's death was a tragedy, however I do not think it should be used as an excuse for a bunch of Old Etonian Good Boys to rob people of their freedom or privacy.