Having been out for the day yesterday, and getting a little bit drunk to the point of falling asleep so it seems, I have now just read Derek Draper defence of the emails from yesterday on Labourlist and this little bit caught my eye.
Imagine if all your emails suddenly became available to people wanting to damage you. That is, of course, the other question that needs to be asked: how were these emails obtained? Was criminal activity and hacking involved? Believe me, these are issues I will be looking at when I return from my holiday. "Blog wars" are one thing but hacking into people's emails is surely a step too far?I wonder whether Derek is aware that the Government and party that he supports actually has an official policy of reading our emails if it wants? Or taking control of our computers remotely if it suspects us of something?
Putting that aside, I wonder if Derek Draper, or any of the others involved actually realise that sending an unencrypted email is like sending a postcard in the real world. Everyone who handles it along the way from sending to delivery can read it. Whether they actually do or not is another thing, but the idea that you need to be some sort of hacker is classic technofear hyperbole.