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85 things that might get ME on a DHS watch list…

Posted by Simon Collis on 2012/03/04
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Reading this article makes me realise how much like a terrorist I actually look…

  1. Use Google Maps to find your way around a strange city.
    If your sense of direction is as good as mine, every city’s a strange city. Even the one you were born in. (Yes, I have used Google Maps to get round York, thanks for asking…)
  2. Use Google Maps to view photos of sports stadiums.
    Given that I have never worked in one, I’ve never actually had reason to go to one. I once went to a meeting at Newbury racecource, but that was before the days of Google Maps – does the “AA Book Of The Road” count?
  3. Install online privacy protection software on your personal computer.
    So if they confiscate your laptop at airport security and find it riddled with viruses, then you’re A-OK. Apart from the fact that cyberscammers have all your money, so you can’t afford to fly in the first place. Hmm, I think I see a flaw in this somewhere… Read more

Cameron’s Big Brother u-turn

Posted by Simon Collis on 2012/02/20
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One of the big promises Cameron’s Tories made during election campaigning was that they would “roll back the surveillance state”. Unfortunately, the u-turn has arrived – the ConDem coalition has resurrected the much-reviled previous government plan to monitor every phone call, tweet, email, Facebook post and make that information available to “law enforcement” at any time, presumably for any purpose (after all, isn’t this what usually happens with these sort of things – scope creep?)

Of course, the big u-turn hasn’t been announced yet, and they’ve already got their scumbag answer to privacy and civil rights campaigners ready: “if you are not in support of the new law, you love terrorists and paedophiles”. After all, the Canadian government are already using the same idea in support of their own draconian laws. Read more