Spied on for the rest of your life

On the 12th December 2005 the European Parliament will consider a proposal to introduce compulsory data retention throughout the EU. If they vote for that proposal your government will be able to keep a record of all your telephone calls mobile and fixed line], your location whenever you are carrying a mobile, your web browsing and SMS messages. Nowhere else in the world, even China, has anything like it.

Once data retention is in place it will be extremely difficult to remove it. The whole of Europe will have taken a major step closer to building a continent wide surveillance society. You can then look forward to being spied upon for the rest of your life. As we live more of our lives online the surveillance will give even more power to governments.

What can you do about it?

In fact, you can do a lot. Go to the Write to Them website and send an email to your Members of the European Parliament. The site is very easy to use and it works. I have already used Write to Them to contact all the seven MEPs and it produced an excellent response. Some MEPs are already opposed to the data retention proposal. We need to put pressure on the rest.

Do it, or you will be sorry when it is too late.

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