Internet monitoring is a small price to pay for our security
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On hearing the government’s proposal, I immediately thought of Big Brother waiting to catch us out; a large database chronicling our every move. However this nightmarish vision is far from the truth, as the bill is concerned only with finding the criminals that are harming society. Nine men were recently convicted in Rochdale following their involvement in child exploitation and Home Secretary Theresa May argues that the case could have been handled better with greater surveillance powers. Peter Davies, the head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre agrees and says that they are often prevented from investigating child abuse cases due to a limited amount of data. One of the issues is that the internet is forever growing, with over 900 million people using Facebook every month. Although the majority simply post pictures of a recent holiday or invite friends to a party, others undoubtedly use it in the hope of avoiding detection. It is these people that the government are attempting to track and not innocent citizens harmlessly posting about their everyday lives.
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