"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 17 August 2009

ACPO, The EU & Changes To Data Laws

More than thirty years ago an American Senator, Frank Church, said:
"If a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of government to know. Such is the capacity of technology."
Following a howl of outrage in this country ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith publicly retreated on government proposals for remote searches of computer hard drives in 'the fight against terrorism' - but the EU has not, & ACPO has not.

In the longer term the Lisbon Treaty would see the creation of a European External Action Service with EU embassies gathering intelligence leading to an enhanced role for the Council’s Joint Situation Centre (SITCEN). On the road to 'total tyranny'

ACPO is working with the Attorney General's office on what changes to data law would be needed to allow the new Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to gather intelligence from around the country.

A spokesman for PCeU declined to provide further details of the ongoing legal work, which would require Parliamentary approval, saying it was too early to comment. "ACPO e-crime committee is currently working with the Attorney-General’s Office on a range of issues; including whether changes to the law are required. As work is currently underway, we are unable to provide any further details at this time."

At present, the proposed legislative changes don't appear to be related to the EU moves to step up hacking of PCs in homes and offices by police but function-creep and hidden motives are hallmarks of this government's legislation. Semper vigilans.

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