January 9th, 2009


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.