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'Extreme surveillance' becomes UK law

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Posted in Online on 24th Nov, 2016 02:32 PM by AlexMuller

A bill giving the UK intelligence agencies and police sweeping surveillance powers has passed into law, meeting only token resistance. The Investigatory Powers Act, passed on Thursday, legalises a whole range of tools for snooping and hacking unmatched by any other country in western Europe or even the US.

 
The security agencies and police began the year braced for at least some opposition, rehearsing arguments for the debate. In the end, faced with public apathy and an opposition in disarray, the government did not have to make a single substantial concession to the privacy lobby.
 
US whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: “The UK has just legalised the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies.”
 
Snowden in 2013 revealed the scale of mass surveillance – or bulk data collection as the security agencies prefer to describe it – by the US National Security Agency and the UK’s GCHQ, which work in tandem.
 
But, against a backdrop of fears of Islamist attacks, the privacy lobby has failed to make much headway. Even in Germany, with East Germany’s history of mass surveillance by the Stasi and where Snowden’s revelations produced the most outcry, the Bundestag recently passed legislation giving the intelligence agencies more surveillance powers.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-11-25
+1
Security is becoming more and more important for many people in counties affected by terrorist activity and they are prepared to sacrifice privacy - one hopes that this will change Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-11-25
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This is one of the topics that divides people and arguments on both sides are valid but difficult to reconcile Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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Check that off the list of things I was coseunfd about. Reply


 

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