We have finally reached the final frontier, well not so much, but I thought I’d start with a pinch of drama, add to that the soundtrack of Star Trek playing through my head as I write today’s blog…
But seriously the issue of the telecommunications data is one of drama, one similar to stories found on the dusty pages of an old Russian novel. Several tweets, blogs, articles etc. have been published on the subject matter over the past few days, warning citizens on the dangers of approving such a request; the request of the ISF that is.
According to Telecommunications Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui the ISF Information Branch has demanded the content of all SMS as well as usernames and passwords of all data sessions, BBM Webmail, Facebook and Twitter.
According to reports, the ISF’s request would only provide citizens’ information registered two months ahead of the assassination of late Brig. Gen. Wissam Hassan under the pretext of “national security”.
However, the judicial authority, which is tasked with assessing the possibility of providing the security forces with the data, rejected the request submitted by the security agency.
The three-member authority stressed that the request clearly violates the constitution and law 140, which specifies the protection of communications data.
And here’s where the drama hits climax. Minister Sehnaoui is being held responsible for the repercussions of not responding to the Intelligence Bureau’s request, even being labeled as a traitor for failing to comply.
I won’t be bashful in stating my opinion on this. In simple terms and even in a kiddy voice I say: “Handing over our telecom info and selling out privacy is something very very bad.”