Britain: A Bunch of Sheep-like Mice. What happened to the Bulldog?
There was a time, not long ago, when the utterances of a Rudd would have created a furor over the suggestion that the government, of any stripe, was entitled to access any communications or peer into any computer to strip a citizen naked, metaphorically speaking, as if it were treating citizens as serfs not entitled to secrets.
Privacy is a right and the UK signed up to this UN Treaty but they totally ignore it.
The only privacy between people these days can be effected by two people, lieing in a field of grass, hands cupped around their mouths whispering to each other.
Britain is effectively a police state. And yet few cry foul and call the government to task. It's what WW2 was all about. And the sheep-like MPs swallow the whole deal and carry on collecting bribes, etc.
The encryption genie is out of the bottle and neither RUDD nor MAY will ever get it back in. They can put as many back doors in as they like, but will that stop encrypted communications? NO! Smart people use add-on devices, not subject to communications back doors, to encrypt messages.
I live in an 'authoritarian' society, by choice, yet I have more freedom than the average Brit. No one tracks my number plates, no one does facial recognition, there is no blanket coverage CCTV, and my InterNet rights and access, bar a few anti-government fruit cake web sites in California, is wide open. Access to BitTorrent, porn and other dubious sites is completely unfettered.
The only time I know someone has accessed my cell system information is when an acquaintance in the Internal Police (sounds so ominous) sends me a SMS message that usually says: "See you are in HCM - How about dinner".
The UK, US and Australian governments use 'terrorism' as an excuse for any trampling on rights - time that voters stood up and challenged MPs on their lackadaisical ways or vote them out.(What we need is a modern day Guy Fawkes to complete the job)
Terrorists don't need high-tech anything, that is why they are largely unaffected by the billions of any currency wasted on them. I can transmit almost any amount of money from the UK to many destinations in the world without leaving any trace. I do it regularly - and more quickly and more economically than any bank can.
So much for security!
P.S. I hold a UK passport, so I am entitled to comment on MPs.