Take down Facebook

Facebook is endangering millions of British citizens through its cavalier approach to users' privacy. It continual push to make more and more user information public (with the occasional strategic backdown for PR purposes) continues to put British people at risk of identity fraud.

The site is storing information such as scraped e-mail contact lists without fully disclosing this to its users. Additionally, it is storing information about people who choose not to subscribe to it, without their consent.

The British government should protect its citizens' freedom by insisting that Facebook discontinue its corrupt practices, or by educating people clearly on the intentions of this malevolent organisation.

Why is this idea important?

Facebook is endangering millions of British citizens through its cavalier approach to users' privacy. It continual push to make more and more user information public (with the occasional strategic backdown for PR purposes) continues to put British people at risk of identity fraud.

The site is storing information such as scraped e-mail contact lists without fully disclosing this to its users. Additionally, it is storing information about people who choose not to subscribe to it, without their consent.

The British government should protect its citizens' freedom by insisting that Facebook discontinue its corrupt practices, or by educating people clearly on the intentions of this malevolent organisation.

Switchblades and gravity knives

Due to tabloid paper hysteria and sinister portrails in 1950s hollywood movies, several highly functional tools were banned from sale and import.

Switchblades (flick knives) are folding knives simply designed to be opened with one hand at  the push of a button, leaving the other free. Historically these knives were marketed for fisherman working on rough seas, or ladies so as not to break a finger nail when opening a manual folding knife.

Gravity knives were notoriously designed for parachuters to be able to quickly cut themselves free and avoid dangers associated with landing on a fixed blade knife. These were placed in the same Act.

 

Repeal the following:

The Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988

Why is this idea important?

Due to tabloid paper hysteria and sinister portrails in 1950s hollywood movies, several highly functional tools were banned from sale and import.

Switchblades (flick knives) are folding knives simply designed to be opened with one hand at  the push of a button, leaving the other free. Historically these knives were marketed for fisherman working on rough seas, or ladies so as not to break a finger nail when opening a manual folding knife.

Gravity knives were notoriously designed for parachuters to be able to quickly cut themselves free and avoid dangers associated with landing on a fixed blade knife. These were placed in the same Act.

 

Repeal the following:

The Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959

The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) Order 1988