A Facebook petition has been started to protest web snooping laws proposed by the government, aiming to bombard Home Secretary Theresay May with a deluge of irrelevant emails.
The group, titled ‘National cc your emails to Theresa May Day’, proposes to show opposition to new powers for monitoring online communications by copying May into all emails sent over the course of one day.
“The government wants to store all our e-mails in a huge database?” the group asks. “OK, we’ll save them the trouble by cc-ing the Home Secretary on every e-mail we send for a whole day.”
“Let’s show “Big Sister” that this just isn’t acceptable.”
The protest is scheduled to commence, rather aptly, on this year’s May Day, 1st May. The group currently has 13,240 members.
While the notion of assisting the government in monitoring communications by copying the Home Sec into each and every email sent may be tongue-in-cheek, it aims to highlight the wave of public bad feelings over the highly controversial plans.
The government has faced widespread condemnation of plans which have aimed to create a database of emails sent in the UK, with the usual reasons given: terrorism and paedophiles.
Theresa May, who also recently gave the nod for British citizen Richard O’Dwyer to be extradited to America, has been trying to push through legislation as quickly as possible, despite outcry from civil liberties campaigners and opposition within the Coalition.
One group member told TechEye they had joined the group to protest a move to an “authoritarian society”.
“My personal belief is that this Coalition government, continuing the work of the other big business party in New Labour, are plunging Britain into an authoritarian society,” the member said.
“Theresa May and her colleagues have no interest in the British public aside from exploiting and monitoring them, attempting to kettle ideas.
“The internet is an incredible invention that enables us all with knowledge, and for the politicians, it serves them better to keep us stupid – this proposed policy, which I hope does not pass, is an unacceptable attack on personal freedoms.”
While changing government plans may be difficult, it is hoped that the group will widen protests against the proposed legislation.
“While I don’t believe this will achieve anything, giving Theresa May and her assistants a headache for a day will be a little victory,” the member said. “I hope every citizen in Britain concerned about government snooping and personal privacy joins in.”