British government plans to create a giant database which would contain information about every phone call, email and Internet visit was blasted by the man in charge of prosecuting terrorism in England and Wales. Sir Ken MacDonald, Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) warned about the dangers of allowing concern about terrorism to be used as a wedge in destroying the very freedoms his nation was fighting to preserve. “We need to take very great care not to fall into a way of life in which freedom’s back is broken by the relentless pressure of a security state. Technology gives the state enormous powers of access to knowledge and information about each of us, and the ability to collect and store it at will.” He urged that modern technology be used wisely to protect the rights of people rather than being used to emulate the very same people society is fighting.
Sir Ken MacDonald is concerned about the future as well as the present. Today, a government argues it needs the data base to fight “terrorism,” but doesn’t creation of such a database open the door for some government in the future to use it in other ways? No current government can provide assurances about the future.