Why Police snooping powers are a step too far

The nice people at Techradar.com have kindly given me a regular blab slot to talk about tech, and the first one is up: it’s about the powers that will enable the police to install keyloggers and other spyware on people’s PCs without a warrant.

Imagine if the Home Office decided that the best way to fight terrorism was to ban curtains.

“Hang on!” we’d say. “That means Creepy Dave across the road will be able to see me in my underpants!”

The Home Office would nod sagely. “That’s true, but you know who else has curtains? Terrorists! Terrorists and gangsters! So it’s curtains for curtains!”

The Home Office hasn’t banned curtains just yet, but it’s getting closer.