Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

More creeping Stalinism...

Spyblog has a good post about the suggestion that Revenue and Customs (HMRC) need increased surveillance powers to tackle organised crime. The thrust of their argument is that tackling organised crime is the job of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), who already have spectacularly wide-ranging powers of investigation of the sort that HMRC are requesting, and that HMRC should be liaising with them in so far as their investigations relate to organised crime.

Yet more evidence that any security problems the UK may be having are less to do with our last remaining civil liberties and more to do with government agencies being unable to handle the data they’ve already got.


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