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The EC is watching you

From March all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will by law have to keep information about every e-mail sent or received in the UK for a year.

Except, "There's going to be a record of every single e-mail which arrived addressed to you and all the e-mails you sent out via your ISP."

Does that mean it's only emails to and from your ISP address that'll be tracked? I don't think I know many people who use their ISP email anyway - people change ISPs often enough that it's much easier to have a consistent yahoo or hotmail or gmail account. I don't think I've ever logged into my ISP account.

All these new and planned laws to keep tabs on our communications are terrible in terms of civil liberties and the right to privacy and so on, but I can't help laughing at them because they're so...incompetent.

Also I've been meaning to mention the launch of the Atheist Bus Campaign for a few days - I've got a draft post lurking about in semagic - but I have to link to this. Christian Voice have put a complaint in to the ASA about the ads. Yay! I do love Stephen Green, he's always good for a laugh.

This might be the best comment I've ever seen given to BBC News:

Hanne Stinson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association, said: "I've sought advice from some of our key people here, but I'm afraid all I've got out of them so far is peals of laughter."

The Spanish have got the archbishopric of Barcelona complaining about theirs, so clearly Spain needs the campaign even more than we do.

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dibsy
Jan. 9th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
The headline on the Huffington Post at the moment reads "Palin goes after Kennedy", and I wondered what an ex-Python had against an ex-Liberal leader. Turns out it was Sarah and Caroline.

Sorry, that was a bit random. I was dropping by to say that I very, very often read your posts, laugh, and follow all the links. But then I never say anything, so, retroactively and concisely. LOL! That was great! Really? Where did you dig that up? Oooh! Thanks for posting that! It was really interesting!

Is that good for the next few months?

Edited at 2009-01-09 05:00 am (UTC)
pickwick
Jan. 11th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
That's great, I will pop by and do the same for your journal sometime :D (Ditto - I always MEAN to comment, but...)
dibsy
Jan. 11th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I suppose that I do comment occasionally....
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pickwick
Jan. 11th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Ah, I thought there was increased access as well as the increased time span. Scary stuff about the IP traffic stuff, too!
marcella_riddle
Jan. 9th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
The fact they can't even infringe on our human rights properly, does comfort me greatly.
redatt
Jan. 9th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
"Probably"? Why the filthy agnostics!
pickwick
Jan. 11th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
*cries*

:->
donbert
Jan. 10th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
...organisation Christian Voice has complained to the Advertising Standards Authority saying they break rules on substantiation and truthfulness.

"Substantiation and truthfulness"? I'd have thought that's a rather dangerous thread for Christian Voice to start pulling at.
pickwick
Jan. 11th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm just waiting to see how the ASA get around having to rule on the precise probability of the existence of God! But yes, it does show a certain lack of self-awareness.
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