The government wants to be able to track your phone calls (including Skype calls), read your emails and even track which websites you visit and they want to do this without having to apply for a warrant from a magistrate. If they get their way all ISPs will have to give GCHQ access to their networks and everything you do online as well as every phone call and text message you send will be monitored.
The new law still wouldn’t allow GHCQ to listen in on calls or read emails without a warrant, but they’d be able to track who you speak to, who you email or text and for how long and which websites you visit without a warrant and it would all be recorded and saved for two years whether you like it or not.
The government’s reasons for recording your communications are anti-terrorism. Those against the moves call it an invasion of privacy and argue that although the government can get a warrant to track terrorists by the time they know who they are it’s too late to find out who they’ve been talking to. The previous Labour government were considering eavesdropping legislation so it’s considered necessary but all parties, although Labour, Conservatives and Lib Dem MPs have all taken their turn at criticising the policy.
What do you think? Do you care about your telephone and online activities being tracked and who you speak to and what you look at recorded? Is it a price worth paying to combat terrorism and crime or is it a step to far to snoop on innocent people’s lives?