The UK Home Secretary has turned into a full on foaming at the mouth lunatic. After Lords shot down her attempt to be able to keep prisoners in custody for unreal periods of time without any reason or cause, here comes her 2008 data communications act, in which she wants to be able to keep all records of all communications (telephone, email, browsing, mobile phone, text messaging – EVERYTHING) in a centralised government database. Where we know, from the UK government’s past efforts at keeping databases, the data will be kept safe. If by kept safe you mean lost on an unencrypted USB storage device. And where, of course, the data won’t be used for unlawfull purposes. Such as following around ‘political dissidents’. Or sold to third parties, like BT / Phorm.