Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored so police and security agencies can have real time access to our communications, under plans to be unveiled next month.
New powers to record every phone call and email 'echoes China’ - Telegraph
Questions we must ask as the electorate:
1) Who is going to pay for this and how much? It strikes me as bizarre that at a time when public spending cutbacks are rife the government sees fit to spend money on such a scheme of dubious value for money.
2) Are these wide-ranging powers of surveillance really necessary?
3) Has anyone done a cost-benefit analysis of the proposals and can the taxpayer (who will be footing the bill) please see it?
4) What is wrong with the existing system?
5) Why can't the government focus on the troublemakers and leave the rest of us alone?
6) Can the government please put this to referendum?
In the meantime, free tools privacy conscious citizens may be interested in:
1) Tor onion routing. Useful for anonymising your internet surfing.
2) Truecrypt. Open source (less likely to have back doors or master keys) encryption.
TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux
Using both measures significantly improves data security even with electronic eavesdropping. Hardware of software keyloggers to get passwords are still an issue, but for the really paranoid you can use bootable Linux on USB sticks (reduces viability of software keyloggers).
I'd rather accept the small risk of being the victim of a terror attack, than to fund expanded surveillance powers of an already obese/bloated government.