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Proposed UK ‘Big Brother law’ inspires #TellDaveEverything


Plans to allow a British intelligence agency to monitor all emails, phone calls, texts, and web activity in the country have sparked a Twitter backlash against Prime Minister David Cameron:

"Resentment" over UK Big Brother internet snoopers? There should be revolution, not just resentment. http://t.co/R2uOdQT7

— Roger Kimball (@rogerkimball) April 2, 2012

Tell you what Mr Cameron, you can read all of my emails if I can read all of yours. That seems only fair. #telldaveeverything

— Kirsty Hall (@kirstymhall) April 2, 2012

Dave, if you are looking at everyone's email could you delete all my spam for me while you do it? It's 95% of my mail #telldaveeverything

— (@Reynolds) April 2, 2012

Accidentally deleted an important email. Can I restore from your copy, please, Mr Cameron? #telldaveeverything (http://t.co/kFHi4pPy)

— Richard Gaywood (@PenLlawen) April 2, 2012

UK citizenship: now with automatic free cloud-based backup of emails, Facebook messages, bookmarks, browsing history, … #telldaveeverything

— Richard Gaywood (@PenLlawen) April 2, 2012

h/t @_bransby_ @DaveGurman If govt wants to monitor my emails I'll make a point of calling them c***s in every message.#telldaveeverything

— bob woods (@brummytaff) April 2, 2012

When reports of the law appeared on Sunday, some tweeters assumed the electronic surveillance proposal was an April Fools’ Day prank:

I also very much hope that this Big Brother Law news is one big gag. Utterly ridiculous.

— Tom Davies (@TomAndThat) April 1, 2012

guys… it's the first of april and you're circulating a bbc article saying the government wants to monitor emails etc

— Aurist (@Aurist) April 1, 2012

But that hope was dashed after the news was linked by Drudge late Sunday:

Oh, this doesn't appear to be an April fool after all! Campaigners criticise email and web monitoring plan http://t.co/LCsOSIZM

— Mark Gleaves (@MarkGleaves) April 2, 2012

So it turns out that this web/email/etc monitoring thing doesn't seem to be an April Fools… http://t.co/Glme0Mry

— Luke Hebblethwaite (@LF_Uncertainly) April 1, 2012

Concerned citizens are circulating an e-petition asking the British government to ditch the proposed law before it becomes “no different from regimes it criticises such as China and Iran.”

This will prove popular methinks: >> Scrap Plans to Monitor all Emails and Web Usage – e-petitions http://t.co/nGOOQZXC

— Pete Herlihy (@yahoo_pete) April 2, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/02/proposed-uk-big-brother-law-inspires-telldaveeverything-hashtag/

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