So last week we had Customs searching through returning travellers’ computers to see if they had any (quite legal) “pornography” they could confiscate… and now we have the news that Stephen Conroy’s department is considering logging every site you visit. Not just “if you’re suspected of a crime” – that power’s already there – but everyone. Every site, every day.
Don’t worry, though – I’m sure these extraordinary powers will never be abused. They’re just there to be used sparingly and appropriately by nice honest men who are above corruption and greed and the petty failings of us ordinary human beings. Promise. You’ve got nothing to worry about.
ELSEWHERE: The issue of letting an entity have vast power just because you trust it in its present form is also raised, ironically enough, by the case of Conroy’s new nemesis, the diabolical Google. Google is collecting an enormous amount of information about all of us, and presently we don’t seem to mind – because it has such a nice fluffy image as a company dedicated to “not being evil”. But Google is just a publicly-listed company. What assurance do we really have that it will always be in such benevolent hands? The answer, of course, is none.