19 October 2008

UK = 1984

I know that I've mentioned this issue countless times before, but seriously, the UK government really is going to far, with their whole anti-terrorism kick.

As humans we have rights, and I don't care which way they dress it up, someone has either been watching or reading 1984 way too many times, to the point that they're now recommending it to everyone!

From The Times Online:

Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance.

Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society.

A compulsory national register for the owners of all 72m mobile phones in Britain would be part of a much bigger database to combat terrorism and crime. Whitehall officials have raised the idea of a register containing the names and addresses of everyone who buys a phone in recent talks with Vodafone and other telephone companies, insiders say.

The move is targeted at monitoring the owners of Britain’s estimated 40m prepaid mobile phones. They can be purchased with cash by customers who do not wish to give their names, addresses or credit card details.