In reality, every action you take is 'logged' somehow.
Indeed. I'm aware of this and I'm sure many of our fellow readers are aware of this. How many people outside the IT arena do you think are aware of this? I don't know, but I'd sure like them to know.
Besides, this proposal goes far beyond tracking IP addresses and web hits. It also calls for passwords, credit card details and a whole host of other personal information to be linked to all communication traffic one way or another. I'll accept being watched a little, but what the EU ministers will be discussing is preposterous.
It's ridiculous to think the internet will somehow become some grand vast sanctuary from the reality of which it is based upon
Maybe I'm just an old idealist, but I always thought the internet was based upon the free sharing of information. Free as in unrestricted. Information as in, well, anything you like really. I know the internet has changed in recent years but to suggest that how it is now is how it was supposed to be is a bit of a stretch.
Further, I wouldnt be surprised if such a system is already in place (ever heard of Echelon?), you just dont know about it.
If such a system is in place and I don't know about it, then it's gonna be difficult for me to discuss it and be outraged!
I think I get what you're trying to say. To an extent, I agree with you. The internet is in a state of constant evolution and some of us are unhappy about where it appears to be heading. We are going to have to accept some loss of freedom I'm sure. We'll adapt too.
However, proposals such as this go way beyond what I would call "reasonable force" and have implications which could be stinging your grandchildren in years to come. If there's a chance I can do something to stop that, I will. So I did.
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