Re: Get a grip
Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?
Not all terrorism is suicide bombing, and RIPA is not only used for terrorism but also organized crime. Even if it were a suicide bomber, do you not think it would be handy for the police to know who he spoke to 10 minutes before-hand?
A panopticon only works if everyone is rational (they aren't), the punishment always outweighs the benefit (it doesn't) and that the surveillance is perfect (it isn't).
Except this isn't a panopticon, for two main reasons.
Firstly, this isn't the mass collection of data on everyone and everything that security services apparently do legally, which could be considered a panopticon.
Secondly, it differs in that the idea of a panopticon is that people who are constantly observed will not offend, where as the idea of this is that if people offend, it's easier to determine who and why if you have this data available to query.
It's not perfect, but in most cases, if two people communicate digitally, this may record the fact, which can then be used to prove that they communicate with each other when their defence is predicated that they do not.