Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. This quote by one of the founding fathers of the United States dates back more than 200 years ago but it has a huge relevance to the current situation in our world.
The so called democratic countries of the West are reducing the rights of their population in every legislation by tracking and spying on them, storing information about them and controlling them all for the sake of fighting terrorism (so they say).
Data Retention Laws (firmly pushed by the United Kingdom) are already in place which forces every European Internet Service Provider to record communication data of their customers whether they like it or not.
Apparently though that is not enough for the British Home Office who announced plans to create a database of electronic information holding details of every phone call and e-mail sent in the UK according to the BBC.
All for the sake of national security, fighting terrorism and crime of course. The data will be "subject to strict safeguards to ensure the right balance between privacy and protecting the public" which, as we have seen in the past, has failed numerous times with important information being leaked to the public or third-parties in the process.
Am I the only one thinking that all those laws that reduce the liberty of the individual and the population are way out of proportion? There is zero difference between some laws in Europe and the United States and some oppressive regime in the rest of the world.
I'm sorry that it got a bit political but this is an issue that is affecting everyone living in those countries.
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