@steogede - Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC
> I don't understand the phrase "sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit".
I suggest you try reading some of the stories on El Reg of the way that laws which have been passed, ostensibily for the purposes of "anti-terrorism" such as RIPA have been used (or abused) by Councils to spy on people, let alone people who have been jailed, again under anti-terrorism legislation, for simply refusing to hand over their passwords.
I don't know whether those laws were written with, shall we say, deliberate incompetence, or whether their drafters *really* didn't think about how they could be used, but open-ended legislation that give TPTB carte blanche to do what they like is not good for our liberties.
Now do you start to understand?