In The Sunday Times on 10 November 2013 Dominic Lawson wrote “British Officials are unable to trust the Americans to keep a single secret”. He also quoted from Facebook’s licence for its billion or so members as “you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook.”
In The Sunday Times on 24 November 2013 Eleanor Mills wrote “Total transparency is a totalitarian nightmare. It is antithetical to what it means to be human. All of us share different levels of information with different people – the secrets I whisper to my husband, or confess to my sister or friends, are not things I want broadcast. . . . There are private parts of our lives that need to remain that way to protect us or other people we love. Privacy is not theft; sharing can be the opposite of caring.”
In The Independent today Andrew Grice writes that there is “a radical plan to allow Britons to vote in parliamentary elections using the internet is to be drawn up by the Commons Speaker, John Bercow”.
And who is Mr Bercow calling on to advise him how this can be done? The bosses of Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.
We have just spent considerable time working with some of the best British technology companies in this sector, for no fee, on the Cabinet Office ID Assurance and BIS midata Innovation Laboratory in order to give confidence to both citizens and businesses that their privacy and confidentiality will be respected. We, among others, are developing products and services to provide users with secure alternatives to social networking and open emails.
Dear Mr Bercow
Please change your advisors on this commendable initiative to design Parliament 2.0 internet voting to British technologists to comply with British Privacy laws which have driven much of the EU Privacy Regulations.
If you want British citizens to use this service then you must understand that our political views are personal and private. We do not want our voting choice to be given to the NSA under the US Patriot Act (which Obama promised to repeal).
It’s all about ‘trust‘ Mr Bercow. Are you Trustworthy?