First, the “Big Brother” directive being forced through the EU which mandates data retention of all communication.
Second, the elimination of anonymous access, via cybercafes and pre-paid phone cards.
Interesting to note that all references to “terrorism” were removed from the compromise ammendments that will be voted on Wednesday. This wave of anti-privacy legislation has nothing to do with terrorism (that was just the stick) and everything to do with autocrats in business and in government that feel they have lost control of new technology and will do anything to regain it.
Next, we’ll see the creation of new types of “crime”. See the French proposal to outlaw free software, proposals to criminalise patent infringement, etc.
Then, the creation of EU juduicial and police structures to enforce these crimes. See EPO tribunals, EU arrest warrant, extradition for crimes like “piracy”, etc.
Lastly, and most worryingly for EU citizens, is the way criminal law and new definitions of crime are being created by the unelected Council and Commission burocracy – these groups have basically coerced the European Parliament into accepting “compromises” or being left out of the legislative process completely.
In other words… we cannot vote these laws away. There is no mechanism for appeal. There is no supreme court. There is no constitution.
We are fucked.