Saturday, February 28, 2009

“Today’s database state is not R2 D2, it is closer to Frankenstein’s Monster, but less subtle.”

Parliamentary spokesman, Richard Normington, commented,“Today I attended the debate on civil liberties for the Cambridge part of the Convention on Modern Liberty.

My main thought is that not only is 'Big Brother' intrusive and sinister, as you’d expect me to say, but he’s pretty thick too.

It’s not just the obvious points - that the government databases are riddled with errors, prone to abuse and will always be one step behind the criminals – but the surprise expressed by the politicians who champion curbs on freedom that the ministries can get things wrong. Of course they get things wrong. And when an institution with great powers gets it wrong, it can go wrong dramatically.
Anti-terror powers were never expected to be used against Icelandic banks, youngsters who want to be paperboys, or counting the homeless, but they have been. If you give powers to government officials, you should not be surprised to find them being used.

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