The Altruist’s position presents him with opportunities not normally present. He shares the benefits, so that the lives of those whom he protects will be enriched.
The Register is running an article today about how ISPs in the UK are resistant to legislation which will require them to track all user activity and link web browsing to email, storing such data for delivery to the UK Government. While on the one hand it sounds great that ISPs are resisting, the resistance appears to only be with regard to the costs associated for installing and maintaining such equipment, with no one screaming about what a gross violation of privacy this is.
"The networked databases - which officials want ISPs to process, so that an individual customer's email activity is linked to their web browsing history - would then be available to law enforcement and intelligence officers as required, without a warrant under part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)."
Without a warrant. Without any accusation or formal charge of wrongdoing.
Once upon a time, in a land far away known as The Free World, people were safe from the prying eyes of their elected leaders. It seems that in our advanced, modern society, if they don't have any actual proof of you doing something wrong, they'll just sift through ALL of your Internet activity until they find something that they might be able to use. Maybe they'll just sift through it for fun - there's no history or chance of abuse with other monitoring programs already in place.
It's time for people to stand up and say no. No terrorist threat is so severe that a populace should lie down and allow their government to watch every waking instant of their lives. No program which claims to help should do so by hurting those it is intended to protect.