Just browsing Google News at lunchtime let me to read these two articles in succession.
‘Suppressing social networks or mobile phones at times of unrest is “unacceptable”, the Foreign Secretary has told a global summit on cyber-crime.’
‘Human rights such as privacy and freedom of expression should apply as much online as they do offline, William Hague said.’
‘Britain’s largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area.’
So it’s an attack on human rights when other countries do it, but fine when done in the UK, apparently.