https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/campaigns/no-snoopers-charter/no-snoopers-charter.php I admit, this does sound a bit "The government is out to get me, fetch my tin hat", but.... And, even as someone intending to join the Intelligence corps, where having access to this level of information would be useful I'd assume... This kind of thing scares the hell out of me all the same. Does anyone think that this legislation is needed? Do you think its a good idea, or deeply concerning/detrimental? Or are you donning your tin foil hat and running to the hills naked to live away in isolation from the scary men? ---- This "Snooper's Charter" (The Communications Data Bill) could build up a complete list of things you've been looking at online, who you text, who you ring, where you've been. This can build up a worryingly intimate insight into your life - your health, your political views, your contacts, your movements at any given time. The technology required to do this is also potentially capable of capturing the content of these messages, not just the times/who they've been sent to. Starting to get worried yet? This violates Article 8 of the Human Rights act; The right to privacy. For example - would you happily have a CCTV camera installed in your bedroom, in your house...? Thought not. As this is essentially what this amounts to. I, like Liberty, don't see the problem with communications being monitored to prevent a crime, or during an investigation of a crime. Blanket monitoring of the entire population however, is incredibly unnerving. This turns a nation of citizens into a nation of suspects for starters. Do you trust government to use this information? I don't, they've proven before they can't keep hold of information securely. Do I think its needed? No. Systems are already in place to intercept/monitor criminals. Do I think this is bordering on 1984's world, and something that would be horrendously damaging to personal freedom? Yes.