After this discovery was made, I went back to 23andMe and talked to them. I said, “I’m not sure all your customers realize that when they participate in your family finder program, what they’re participating in what are essentially really advanced paternity tests.” People find out that their parents aren’t who they think they are. They have nearly a million people in the database. If there happens to be anyone in there you’re related to, they’ll find your match. This is a solid science.

Every month over a thousand surveillance operations are carried out, not just by law enforcement agencies but by other public bodies like councils and quangos. And the tentacles of the state can even rifle through your bins for juicy information.

How have we got ourselves into the position where there is such a marked imbalance of power between the citizen and the state?

David Cameron in 2009

Shame the Conservatives purged all their pre-2010 speeches from their website.

Whether it’s Bitnet, The Tor – which is 90% of the Internet – peer-to-peer sharing, or the streaming capability worldwide. At what point does civil society say that as well as the benefits that brings, this enables huge risk and threat to our society that we need to take action against?

Commissioner Adrian Leppard of City of London Police, June 2014

Looks like the City of London Police are now aware of BITNET, but we can’t help but suspect that the Commissioner doesn’t know the difference between Tor, and the “deep web” - i.e. the web that’s not publicly available, such as company intranets.

Quoted by TorrentFreak, it is 06:35 into this IP Enforcement Summit online video

Material which is of no intelligence interest is very quickly passed over, as often as not without being read or listened to. In many systems it is immediately marked for deletion. The deletion will then very soon happen, in many systems automatically; meanwhile the analyst, being only human and having a job to do, will have forgotten (if he or she ever took it in) what the irrelevant communication contained. I have sat next to analysts and heard or seen this happening;

The Interception of Communications Commissioner reassures the public that the lack of interest shown by analysts during inspections provides a robust safeguard for their personal privacy. (Annual Report 2013)

The noble Lord, Lord Mitchell, took us into a digital world and I would be interested to know whether the Minister felt that there was anything in his suggestion for a digital Magna Carta. I am sure that is not just a scheme for a rather elaborate and high-tech exhibition during the anniversary year but reflects a deeper concern about the way that the internet can sometimes get out of control and cause problems, and that some code of conduct—some Magna Carta, as my noble friend put it—would be a good way to go.

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara hears “digital Magna Carta” and frames the internet in the role of King John?

That threat has come at a time when we have seen a huge growth in the internet, which allows a lot of the enemies of this country to hide. Back in 1995, when President Clinton was President of the United States, there were 130 websites in the world; at the end of 2012, there were 654 million. That is a lot of places for our enemies to hide.

Former Secretary of Defence Liam Fox claims our enemies are hiding in websites, presumably using the CSS .enemy {visibility: hidden; }

Also, fairly sure there were more than 130 websites in 1995. A check of Internet Live Stats suggests he should have said 1993.

May we have an urgent statement on internet security? Several experts have called for everyone to change their internet passwords because of a virus that has infected many websites. Indeed, earlier today I tried to change my password to “Labour’s economic policy”, but it was judged to be too weak.

Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris attempts some infosec-infused twitter humour in the House of Commons. (Loses points for misidentifying the Heartbleed bug as a “virus”.)