We are going to introduce a bill that allows us to know exactly what sites you have been looking at.....
Britain: "Yeah - I'm not happy about that - but I'm not bothered enough to do anything about it"
oh and also - we don't really want you looking at porn and will make it incredibly complicated and potentially risk you having to hand credit card details over to sites if you want to view them.
40% of Britain: " So... VPN then? Yup VPN...."
Various tech blogs and magazines - "hey, want to know how you can look at whatever you want on the internet without being spied on by the government?"
65% of Britain: "So.... VPN then? Yup VPN...."
Government: well, we have an idea of who we want to track - but they seem to be using a VPN.... like well.... pretty much everyone is - ever since the anti-porn law.
and the nonsensical thing of course - just like "we want access to WhatsApp" and encryption is bad stuff, is that "tracking terrorists" is nonsense - because they don't write their plans on Facebook or Twitter, or send them via SMS, and they certainly don't chat about them on WhatsApp. I admit I don't know exactly HOW they communicate - but I would imagine - a secure VoIP call is probably pretty high up the list? And if they are looking at something potentially incriminating online - I doubt they just use bog standard internet, at the very least there will be a proxy server or VPN involved - and very likely - it's not even their own connection that they are using.
But it's OK UK Gov you just continue pretending that all these powers are required for catching terrorists. I'm just wondering how long it will be before the off-the-shelf RaspPi boxes become available - that are configured to do nothing but load random websites 24x7 to make sure if there are any logs about what you have been looking at over the last year...... they are VERY VERY VERY FULL logs...... full of noise which completely obliterates any hope of building a profile of a user.