Britain has passed the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy”

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It’s 2016 going on 1984.

The UK has just passed a massive expansion in surveillance powers, which critics have called “terrifying” and “dangerous”.

The new law, dubbed the “snoopers’ charter”, was introduced by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2012, and took two attempts to get passed into law following breakdowns in the previous coalition government.

Four years and a general election later — May is now prime minister — the bill was finalized and passed on Wednesday by both parliamentary houses.

But civil liberties groups have long criticized the bill, withsome arguing that the law will let the UK government “document everything we do online”.

It’s no wonder, because it basically does.

The law will force internet providers to record every internet customer’s top-level web history in real-time for up to a year, which can be accessed by numerous government departments; force companies to decrypt data on demand — though the government has never been that clear on exactly how it forces foreign firms to do that that; and even disclose any new security features in products before they launch.

Not only that, the law also gives the intelligence agencies the power to hack into computers and devices of citizens (known as equipment interference), although some protected professions — such as journalists and medical staff — are layered with marginally better protections.

In other words, it’s the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy,” according to Jim Killock, director of the Open Rights Group.

The bill was opposed by representatives of the United Nations, all major UK and many leading global privacy and rights groups, and a host of Silicon Valley tech companies alike. Even the parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinizing the bill called some of its provisions “vague”.

And that doesn’t even account for the three-quarters of people who think privacy, which this law almost entirely erodes, is a human right.

There are some safeguards, however, such as a “double lock” system so that the secretary of state and an independent judicial commissioner must agree on a decision to carry out search warrants (though one member of the House of Lordsdisputed that claim).

A new investigatory powers commissioner will also oversee the use of the powers.

Despite the uproar, the government’s opposition failed to scrutinize any significant amendments and abstained from the final vote. Killock said recently that the opposition Labour party spent its time “simply failing to hold the government to account”.

But the government has downplayed much of the controversy surrounding the bill. The government has consistently argued that the bill isn’t drastically new, but instead reworks the old and outdated Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). This was brought into law in 2000, to “legitimize” new powers that were conducted or ruled on in secret, like collecting data in bulk and hacking into networks, which was revealed during the Edward Snowden affair.

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amid the fog of elections and brexit..this beast rears its ugly head..

“The bill was opposed by representatives of the United Nations, all major UK and many leading global privacy and rights groups, and a host of Silicon Valley tech companies alike. Even the parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinizing the bill called some of its provisions “vague”.

but it still gets through of course..

“the law also gives the intelligence agencies the power to hack into computers and devices of citizens (known as equipment interference)”

and:

“The law will force internet providers to record every internet customer’s top-level web history in real-time for up to a year, which can be accessed by numerous government departments; force companies to decrypt data on demand

it is 1984..

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~ by seeker401 on November 19, 2016.

7 Responses to “Britain has passed the “most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy””

  1. Australia already passed this law in this country not all that long ago.
    Now journalists can’t even investigate or report on anything remotely linked to whatever the federal spokesperson deems a matter of national security.
    This snoopers charter is more or less boilerplate text for all of the 5 eyes signatories, but these days the 5 eyes has expanded in a hierachical sense and is more like the 8 eyes or the 13 eyes.
    Never fear though, the general public made it to the title of ‘plebs’ here recently which is just a tad higher than consumer.

  2. What most people don’t know, even in the U.S. with our Bill of Rights, is that this is not simply to allow government the right to snoop…it also gives them a vehicle to frame you. Very much the equivalent of a cop dropping drugs in your car as an excuse to arrest you when he searches your trunk.

    What people don’t understand (& are never taught) is that the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, which requires a warrant be issued by a judge only if the police already have an oath (witness) or affirmation (proof) of wrongdoing, is to eliminate this very thing, that a random search can be done where “proof” is prearranged to be “found” in your home, papers, or personal effects.

    In other words, let’s say you are a troublesome blogger or political opponent, exposing too many political skeletons in the closets of current government officials. With this law, they simply demand to see your browsing history, with no previous proof of wrongdoing at all…they then insert visits to sites that deal in illegal material while they search that history. Using this as an excuse, they raid your home or office, seize your computers, and then place material on your hard-drives to incriminate you…you go to jail, and their problem (you) is solved.

    To allow random searches by authorities of ANYTHING, your home, your car, your lunchbox, and your records, is a very dangerous precedent, and one that is encroaching on private citizens all over the world.
    We’re being put into a position where they can frame us & jail us with ease, without any roadblocks at all, to insure we can be eliminated if we become a thorn in their side.

  3. Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

  4. the only one i have seen is a 3 level building/warehouse-type in St Leonards here .. they say its a letter/mail sorting/processing centre but i think not..

  5. Surveillance War: the EU bars London from surveilling the British

    http://katehon.com/agenda/surveillance-war-eu-bars-london-surveilling-british

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