As part of the Counter-terrorism and security bill the government is planning to force companies to provide police with information identifying who was using a specific computer or mobile phone at a given time.
If it is, as we are assured, an anti-terrorism thing, tt is a good thing if it also applies to Royal Mail keeping records of where they deliver mail, and to whom, car hire companies as to who hired, how long and mileage covered, bus companies cctv footage, train companies, airlines etc. the list could be quite long.
I have no objection as long as the safeguards we have come to regard as normal are in place, a warrant signed by a magistrate or a court order from a High Court judge.
This is another attempt by government to achieve the long held dream of internet monitoring.
The only problem with this is, as we see on many films, that they could use a pay as you go sim to plan their missions then chuck them away. Raids on terrorists cells by SIS have found discarded sims and phones blocking the drains.
I am not sure if I am missing something here, but what's new about it.
Information gathering as been going on for ages, and will continue to do so, whether by individuals or authority.
The only problem is how this information gathering is used, and how organisation translate the actual wording, and how far they can use the evidence.
A typical case is how some council's used or misused various security acts for possible illegal actions. But that is were the crunch starts, in trying to pursue these issues in getting information from those bodies that should be guarding our interests in a lawful manner. Some actually become a law unto themselves, and that is were the problems start.