I have submitted the following questions to an MP involved in dealing with this matter. He has stated that he will answer the questions, this in itself is refreshing. I will publish the responses as and when I receive them.
1/ Can anyone GUARANTEE that once it starts being collected it will not be passed to, or demanded by, the USA – American companies are legally bound to hand over information to the US government if required under US law.
2/ Can anyone GUARANTEE the data will not be handled abroad because at some stage there will have to be human interaction with the data.
3/ Can anyone GUARANTEE there will be no creep as has happened in the USA http://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/#request
4/ Are MP’s aware that already many are sharing expertise on VPN’s, anonymous proxies and other such technologies precisely because of the proposed laws, are MP’s further aware of the implications of a mass exodus to the ‘deep web’ where users will come into contact with some of the more ‘unsavoury’ uses of the internet and where those screaming about protecting their IP will have absolutlely no way of monitoring illegal uploading and downloading
5/ Given that NATO, the Pentagon and other sites are under regular attack, and have been compromised, can anyone GUARANTEE the security of the data?
6/ Given that the data is to be collected and held by private organisations? Can anyone GUARANTEE the data won’t be compromised by corrupt individuals?
7/ I see the cost quoted as being ‘far below 2 billions’ – how much do you want to bet on that or has nobody noticed that digital traffic is growing exponentially? How will you deal with prepaid Sims or tablets/ phones / laptops etc brought in from abroad and what about wifi hotspots open to customers or citywide?
8/ When you have finished listening to the paranoid delusional power grab propaganda from the police and security services would you care to try and get in contact with the real experts on security issues – they can be contacted via Anonymous and others – maybe you can put some of the ‘black boxes’ in the server farms and see how long before someone finds a way into them or a way to bombard them with DDOS or targetted with a specifically tailored virus such as has been used against nuclear plants in Iran. If they can be secured how much would that add to the cost given it would have to be applied to every single ‘black box’ on the network and it would only take one black box or the technical schema to be obtained by the right people and they would be compromised.
9/ What are the legal, moral and ethical considerations of monitoring millions of children?