Crime in the UK today...
...lowering the threshold of serious crime to being that an adult should be "capable" of being imprisoned for six months....
That would include leaving your bin out on the wrong collection day...?
The government's attempt to bring the UK's data retention regime in line with European Union laws have been slammed by privacy campaigners, which has accused politicians of trying to avoid making necessary changes. A landmark ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union deemed indiscriminate data retention illegal, …
I tried to have a quick look what kind of things might get you a six month sentence (and of course, if you're sentenced to 6 months, you'll probably only spend 3 actually in prison), but there's not a nice straightforward list.
I did however find that you can get up to five years for: "Neglecting to provide food for or assaulting servants etc.", or two years for "Endeavouring to conceal a birth".
It's clear from what I have read though that for most of the UK justice system, a sentence of less than 12 months is not considered a serious crime, so trying to redefine it to 6 months is pretty underhanded.
This is why more and more intelligent law-abiding people are using encryption routinely. Which in turn means that software companies are developing software applications that make effective encryption easier to use by the bad guys. Thus the more the government carries out wholesale data snooping, the less useful information will be obtained from electronic data across the board.
Once criminals became aware that the police were using fingerprints to catch them, they began routinely wearing gloves when committing a crime.
Is there no censure?
For trying to pass an illegal law?
I dare say a local council would see a fine,
An erstwhile bank robber would certainly see time for attempting a Bank job.
Either of above trying the same thing twice would certainly be considered deficient.
Our politicians have gotten too used to making rules that don't apply to them...
Technically there is Judicial Review, but there is a significant threshold to order one.
Also untill Brexit, you can take a case to the ECJ or the ECHR
outside of that recently its been rely on The House of lords to bring some sense to the argument, untill the commons dust off the Parliment Act again
So a less official name would be
"The Office of Rubber Stamping WTF the Data Fetishists Want."
*Making it an "Office of" at the start really helps in making the rest a suitable sentence. A nice touch from the "Home" Civil Service.
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