Comment of the Day

MAWG wrote a pearler this morning

If a persons right to privacy in their communications is now to be predicated by their politics, and the concept of public interest, then we are at the precipice of a slippery slope.

Some will argue, what is the difference between what the news organisations are doing and what the SIS and GCSB does. Last time I checked, the SIS and GCSB do not run a daily newspaper or make news bulletins.

Others say, what is the difference to what Cameron did with the Labour Website and this hack. What Cameron did, is point out that Labours website was insecure, but he did not release any private information.

What was done to Cameron, was illegal. Some would argue that releasing the name of convicted sex offenders was in the public interest, yet Cameron was convicted of breaching the law. There is a double standard here. I restate my earlier point.

A person’s right to privacy should not be predicated by their politics.

Media organisation enjoy special protections in law.

A precedent has been set the last month or so.

Will this be a low to which we’ll not return for a long time?   Or is this the new benchmark?

If the latter, politicians, business people and media people should all expect to be subject to this at some stage.


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