Saturday, January 24, 2009

Let's CC all our emails to Jacqui Smith

I was invited to join a Facebook group called Let's CC all our emails to Jacqui Smith Day.

"No government of any colour is to be trusted with such a roadmap to our souls": Ken McDonald, former head of the CPS.

The government has unveiled plans for a private company to run a "superdatabase" that will track all our emails, calls, texts, internet use and so on. This is an immense infringement of civil liberties, not to mention a major risk to our private data - but it won't make us any safer. The sheer amount of information that the Government intends to collect will be impossible to analyse properly and will undoubtedly turn up false positives while missing potential security threats amongst the morass of spam emails and private chat.

Read more at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/31/privacy-civil-liberties

So, for one day, we should send a message to the Home Office - "you want to see our emails? OK then, here they are then!".

***Please do not ask the date as it has not been decided! You will be told as soon as I know.***

We do this by simply cc'ing or bcc'ing every email we send (and if you like, forwarding every email you receive), regardless of importance or content, to public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.

That way Jacqui Smith and the Home Office will be able to see how difficult it will be to get on with their actual work - keeping our country safe - when they're trying to monitor every harmless private thing we say and do.

***Please invite your friends if you have joined and spread the word!***


Fantastic idea. But not just for one day. Let's do it permanently.

2 comments:

Coffee Catholic said...

I heard about this email/call monitoring stuff on the radio. How crazy is this?!?!?!?! OMG and here I thought I'd moved to a free country!

Anonymous said...

"That way Jacqui Smith and the Home Office will be able to see how difficult it will be to get on with their actual work - keeping our country safe - when they're trying to monitor every harmless private thing we say and do."

Monitoring what we all say and do isn't their main aim.

The main aim behind the snooping and the huge data collection is to be able to TARGET whomsoever they want to target and then to be able to scrutinise ALL their communications.

They will then find something that they can use (even out of its context) to blackmail their target into silence or to act as evidence against them.

They will then also start using the information to decide whether or not someone is fit for a job etc etc.

They will also use it to check people out following any accusations etc etc

In other words, they do not intend to 'monitor' the whole population. They just intend to record ALL the stuff so that they can TARGET whomsoever they want to target.

Furthermore, the politicians are not much concerned about keeping our country safe from terrorism.

They just blame the terrorists! (Notice that neither Bush nor Blair were toppled for failing to protect us against terrorism. On the contrary, their popularity went up! - because these people are able to work the crowd. And they know this.)

This wholesale snooping is about empowering government and government officials - and not even particularly high-ranking officials.

Your local council staff will eventually be able to look at the data - perhaps to check that you haven't bought the wrong type of lightbulbs via the internet.

AH

PS Thanks for the 'intervention'.