I’m sure I didn’t used to be like this, paranoid I mean. Â I don’t remember being secretive or being worried that other people knew where I lived or where I worked. Â I know when it started though and it’s more than just my passing years that is to blame.
I use Facebook so I have no desire to be a complete hermit. Â But I cringe when people put up stupid photos of themselves, or broadcast their address and telephone number on their wall. Â I briefly think of reminding them that’s its a bit stupid to announce online where you live and then the next day confirm that the property will be empty for three weeks as you are going on holiday. Â If I was considering becoming a criminal, a long list of Facebook friends would be a business asset.
There are other problems, in the UK before we all spectacularly ran out of money the last Government has some seriously unnerving idea. Â To collect all the data available on what everyone does online and put it in a database that the Government, Police and various agencies could access when they wish to spy on us.
It was called the Intercept Modernization Program and it was nothing more than a huge spying database. Â If the East German Secret Police, the Stasi would have been overjoyed if they were still around. Â The justification some mumblings about safety and capturing terrorists.
Of course we had a safety net, in the fact that Government IT projects never work properly. Â However if by some fluke it had been implemented correctly it would be the same as having a webcam on every screen in the land, whilst the Government minions peer over your shoulder.
The more people want to monitor what I’m doing online, the less inclined I am to let them. Â So now I have used the technology available to make sure that what I do on the web is private. Â I stay up to date with all the latest anonymous surfing techniques (source: http://www.anonymous-proxies.org/2009/10/anonymous-surfing-needs-more-than-proxy.html) and invest in software to keep me safe.
If my government want to know what I’ve been doing online then they can come and ask me. Â Spying on the entire population on the off chance of picking up the odd dopey terrorist is not a good enough excuse in my opinion.