Re: Another uk.gov IT data leak on the cards
So the rationale is "The changes to the way we communicate, due particularly to the internet revolution, will increasingly undermine our current capabilities to obtain communications data - essential for counter-terrorism and investigation of crime purpose - and use it to protect the public."
Now I don't recall the Government opening everyones mail and taking photocopies so this isn't really about changing communication media underminging their current capabilities... it is about creating new capabilities and is yet another intrusion of our civil liberties to alledgedly "keep us safe".
Also, it is a bit bloody stupid to expect terrorists and crims not to react to this by changing the way they communicate. Hell even the general public who are annoyed at this latest measure are likely to start using email encryption and the like just for annoyance.
After budgeting millions and spending billions, do UK.Gov think terrorists will gladly oblige by discussing their plans en clair on the phone when they know their calls are being monitored? More likely is that they will just revert to tried and tested solutions like dead letter drops to communicate.