Lagförslaget som heter Digital Economy Bill innehåller bland annat följande godbit:
“The Secretary of State may at any time by order impose a technical obligation on internet service providers if the Secretary of State considers it appropriate in view of—En fri översättning:
(a) an assessment carried out or steps taken by OFCOM under section 124G or
(b) any other consideration. "
"Ministern kan när som helst genom ett beslut kräva att en ISP inför tekniska begränsningar [inklusive stänga av abbonemanget] baserat påHänder detta verkligen i en västerländsk demokrati?
(a) en utvärdering av OFCOM eller
(b) vilket skäl som helst."
"(1) The Secretary of State may by order amend Part 1 or this Part for the purpose of preventing or reducing the infringement of copyright by means of the internet, if it appears to the Secretary of State appropriate to do so having regard to technological developments that have occurred or are likely to occur.
Privacy and Secret Surveillance from a European Convention Perspective
Anders Lagerwall (pdf).
“Abstract: A growing number of states are adopting wide-ranging surveillance programs on the basis of new security policy agendas.
Concurrently, contemporary information technology has brought an increasing proportion of the private sphere under the global network umbrella.
These developments place the delicate balance between privacy and national security on the edge.
In this context, the European Convention has assumed a key role in the protection of privacy."
Jag har tidigare ställt frågan:
“It is true that Mikey is not on the federal government’s “no-fly” list, which includes about 2,500 people, less than 10 percent of them from the United States. But his name appears to be among some 13,500 on the larger “selectee” list, which sets off a high level of security screening.”