All this crap about the privacy laws gets me mad. So what if our security forces had no means with which to monitor criminals and terrorists? Would you all be happy that these scumbags had carte blanche to communicate freely, without having to worry about tripping themselves up? How much easier would it be for these scumbags to do what they do?
We need laws in place that make life harder for the terrorists and criminals, and if that means that we need a way to be able to trace electronic comms then so be it. It may not provide a guaranteed way to secure convictions, but as proven in the past, some dumb ****s do get caught out by electronic comms monitoring. It's another vital tool in our security forces arsenal.
As for electronic encryption, do you honestly think that our security forces would allow a means to encrypt data anywhere near the open market without having some way to defeat the encryption? Hardly likely I reckon! Also, it's worth thinking about where all the latest tech comes from and is bankrolled by. The tech that the military and security forces have is normally a generation ahead of what the consumer can get their hands on, and I can see no reason why encryption tech would be any different.
And at the end of the day, you all do have the option NOT to use the services which would be logged if you feel your privacy is being invaded, try pen and paper, or maybe the phone. Oh wait those calls you make are logged too