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Just when I couldn't get any more grumpy, I read this.

"Facebook, Bebo, MySpace and other social networking websites could be monitored by the government in an attempt to tackle internet crime and terrorism. The Home Office is considering plans to force such sites to hold data about their users' movements to thwart criminals who use them to communicate. The information would then be stored on a central database as part of the government's proposed Intercept Modernisation Programme."

What is it with these bastards, wanting to know everything about us? Somehow, I doubt that New Labour want to spy on us simply to see what games we're all playing on Facebook, or what pointless applications I'm adding onto my profile. At this rate, I'm half-expecting I'll have to pay a civil servant every time I want to take a shit. They've already got shitloads of databases about us - and they can't even be arsed to keep the bloody information safe. For heaven's sake, even people in East Germany had more privacy than we do in this country.

Message to New Labour: FUCKING LEAVE US ALONE ALREADY, YOU BASTARDS.
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  • JsTJsT Posts: 18,268 Skive's The Limit
    How many people daily update there status with "is planning mass violence against the infidel West"?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Note to New Labour:

    I check my Facebook once every 2 months**

    ** = optional :-D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ...and when they make the new database, lose the data, I bet no one would care again. The time all the information was lost, twice, why wasn't the shit hitting the fan? It's like they got let off with it.

    I for one will gladly close my Facebook and MySpace pages if this happens.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm not friends with them, so I would say no.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think the police should do more to stop internet bullying though tbh. Although government + database = recipe for disaster. Having said that, the romans managed alright oh 2000 years ago with the census.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    ShyBoy wrote: »
    I think the police should do more to stop internet bullying though tbh.
    Erm... like what?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Funny thing about you mate is that you haven't a fucking clue what Labour actually stands for (policy wise) , you're just a soundbite who reads the Daily Mail. Get a job.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There's nothing personally identifying on mine other than a few photos and my name. Neither my age or where I live is viewable to anyone.

    Something which is nothing to do with this topic, anyone else think this sentence makes no sense??
    stargalaxy wrote: »
    FUCKING LEAVE US ALONE ALREADY,
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    There's nothing personally identifying on mine other than a few photos and my name. Neither my age or where I live is viewable to anyone.

    Something which is nothing to do with this topic, anyone else think this sentence makes no sense??

    Well apart from the fact what you quoted wasn't a sentence :naughty:, it seemed fine to me!

    Back on topic, I really don't see the point of having New Labour as my 'facebook friend', if you want to keep up to date you can become a 'fan' on facebook or even just watch the news...On the other hand as Glenn points out, there really is no disadvantage for most of having New Labour as their friends
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    stargalaxy wrote: »
    Erm... like what?

    I don't know, I'm not a policeman. But as it is currently I could happily stalk you around the internet getting information about you and then harassing you and your friends. And plenty of people do, because they have nothing better to do. Because it's not "real life" the police aren't proactive in stopping this kind of behaviour. They should be. There should be units of police specifically set up to prevent cyber crime etc. - it shouldn't have any more powers i.e. to snoop on absolutely anything, it should just be an investigative unit that spends it's time on the internet and where citizens can report cyber crimes.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yerascrote wrote: »
    Funny thing about you mate is that you haven't a fucking clue what Labour actually stands for (policy wise)...
    So despite the fact that I read plenty of Labour-supporting websites and blogs, I know nothing about Labour's policies? That's a new line of attack, I must admit.
    ShyBoy wrote: »
    There should be units of police specifically set up to prevent cyber crime etc. - it shouldn't have any more powers i.e. to snoop on absolutely anything, it should just be an investigative unit that spends it's time on the internet and where citizens can report cyber crimes.
    I believe there already are some units like this, mainly to deal with large crimes such as fraud and in a different area, child pornography.

    I suppose it depends what crimes you're referring to. One of the things that is really being tested these days, for example, are libel laws and the way they apply on the internet. There's a lot of people out there who seem to think that libel laws don't apply online and that they can say whatever the hell they like. This isn't true. The hosts of a website are, legally speaking, held responsible for the content of the site(s) in question. This also applies if they didn't upload the content themselves - for instance, TheSite.org is legally responsible for all content that I'm writing now. If I wrote a defamatory or libellious claim about a politician, it wouldn't be me that would get into trouble, it would be TheSite.org and its web hosts.

    There's also legal issues regarding court injunctions and how you enforce them. Hence why, at the time of the Baby P furore, there were countless vigilante groups on Facebook who thought they were doing the world a favour by naming people whose identities were protected under a court order. The information was obtained from an old BBC News Online report (since removed from the website) which had been published in December 2007, before the injunction was introduced. Only when the Beeb found out that vigilante groups were linking to this report did they think it was a good idea to take it down. But by then, the names were out.

    Issues such as cyber bullying have also been raised. How you enforce these laws on the internet is such a minefield, it's hard to know where to begin.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Accept of course.There really is no disadvantage for most of having New Labour as their friends
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    They're not looking at what you have to say, they're looking at who you say it to. Unlike with Echelon, where typing jihad semtex IRA sinn fein london infidel terror allah fatwah will sound alarm bells, with this it's what email you're using.

    If you really want to piss them off, everyone should use an email along the lines of jihad@islam.org
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