The Pirate Party UK is disappointed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has refused to give permission for a private prosecution of BT over its secretive trial of the invasive Phorm scheme which tracked customers behaviours online.
"The Judicial Review leaves the Digital Economy Act as a lame duck piece of legislation. At the time, Pirate Party UK pointed out that rushing the bill through without proper democratic oversight would result in shoddy lawgiving. We have been proved right.
"While the arguments about proportionality may have been technical, some of our worst fears that the act will result in an unacceptable mass surveillance of millions are being born out. This outrageous attack on civil liberties is based on a flawed assumption that hunting down music fans will result in increased revenue.
In the last ten years, governments have fallen over themselves to try and obtain more information about their citizens. Sometimes it's databases, or new regulations, or cameras, but the one thing they have in common is that they can be used to identify you, and track you. Today is a positive step then, as in the UK, it's the last day for the "UK Identity Card" - after midnight GMT tonight, they will no longer be valid for use at all.
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