Why is the Home Secretary so determined to bring this back at this moment in time other than to say the government is protecting the general public from terrorism. The Law when it first came up was derided because it gave the home office effectively car-blanch access to everyone’s emails, text messages and social media postings. Giving this to them and the security services is wrong and would likely force the costs up as the systems needed to store the information would be very high.
I do agree with the comment if you have nothing to hide it should not bother people, but it does bother me in that I do not want people who are not the direct recipient read what might be private messages. It is not that far to take the right to open and read letters as that could be placed under the same banner, also what about faxes which is another method of communication.
This all comes from the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolich last week and yet it is reported that the pair under arrest seemed to be pretty well known to the security services. One was photographed attending extremist protests, reported to have been arrested trying to cross into Somalia from Kenya both activities should have been red flags and he should have been monitored, not followed, but his usage of email, text messages and general internet usage. We are still waiting for the report on why this was not carried out.
That would be a good law as the people on them are likely to either be radicalized or on the path to becoming radicalized.
It would not be hard to monitor website access but that should be linked to other evidence like people on protests, or standing on street corners handing out leaflets as people do access these sites for research for essays, news articles, learn about people for acting parts they might be doing. Not everyone is looking to join the fighters against the west. I am at the moment planning a possible story arc for my novels which does center around aspects of radicalization of people but I am not interested in joining them but I want to know how the preachers do change people’s view of the world.