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  1. The UK government is using its emergency powers to rush through legislation forcing telecoms companies (including ISPs) to retain metadata about all of their customer's communications (including your internet traffic, when and who you call, etc.) in the name of "anti-terrorism". I think it's pretty obvious that we're not in an emergency and this is yet another case of terrorism being used as an excuse by governments to legitimise legislation that seriously infringes the civil liberties of people. Even if you don't think this single piece of legislation is that bad, just bear this in mind. In every single instance where democracies have turned into legislations, governments have played on people's fears (in the past it was communism, now it's terrorism) to legitimise passing dangerous laws without the consent of parliament using emergency powers. This step by itself might not be that serious, but it sets the scene for much more serious infringements on the privacy we all deserve. If it was discovered that the government was wiretapping and bugging everyone there would be mass outrage: this really isn't much different. If you live in the UK and you care about your privacy, please send an email to your MP, either by yourself or via this website which makes it easy. I know that writing to your MP might sound a little scary, but you can find some information on key points to cover here. You do not have to write a massive essay, a few lines would be more than enough. The point is that MPs have to know that the people are against these laws, otherwise they'll just get worse and worse. Please hurry, because this legislation could be passed by Monday. Information: ORG BBC
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