ALTHOUGH KICK.IE has its fair share of soft sells (i.e., merchants creating news articles out of sales pitches), it dutifully fingered today's top story. That would be the debate today between Digital Rights Ireland the the Irish Minister for Communications, Noel Dempsey. The Minister is keeping your phone records, URLs visited and e-mail headers for three years without offering any kind of data protection for this trawl of information. The data amassed have no compelling crime-fighting value. If this bothers you, then you should listen to the broadcast show and text your comments to the presenter. Few outside of the tech industry see this as an election issue. However, the government deserves to be kicked around for treating its citizens as criminals by hoovering communications data as a matter of course. I do not think this assault on privacy is appropriate in a society founded on the pursuit of liberty.
If you are in Ireland, you can tune in by setting your radio to one of these frequencies (88.2-90FM or 95.2 in the NorthEast, or 252 kHz LW or 567 kHz MW), or listen to the live Internet radio stream here. You will need to install Real Audio Player to do so.
If you have an opinion about data retention, data privacy, and how your tax money is being spent in yet another dubious manner, then you should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, call the show (1850 715 900 in the Republic or 0845 7 85 77 77 from Northern Ireland). If you send a text to 087 627 22 22, the government will archive it for three years.