UK Passes Bill Providing Most Extreme Spying Powers In The Developed World

By Darius Shahtahmasebi

The House of Lords, the upper house of the U.K.’s parliament, just passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, legislation that provides immense spying powers to the British government. The government’s new surveillance privileges are virtually unrivaled across the globe.

The bill, which critics have deemed the “Snooper’s Charter,” will force internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year. These records will be accessed by numerous government departments, and the law also allows the government to force companies to hack into products they have sold so consumers can be monitored. Under the newly passed legislation, the government can also ask these companies to make their devices less secure so communications can be intercepted. They can also mandate that companies encrypt their devices on demand.

As noted by the Independent:

In all, the new bill includes a range of changes to the law that will affect normal people, and gives Britain perhaps the most extreme spying powers in the developed world. (emphasis added)

Supposedly Apple and Twitter have fought against this, though it’s difficult to take their sentimentsseriously.

Even in the face of mounting criticism from these major technology and internet companies — and from senior parliamentary committees and representatives from the United Nations — the legislation was barely challenged in Parliament.

Like a bad dream that only gets worse, the only amendment to the bill so far has been from MPs (members of Parliament), and its purpose was to ensure that MPs could not be spied on under the new legislation.

Considering the bill was designed to target companies such as Whatsapp, which is owned by Facebook and has over one billion users, the law is tantamount to widespread bulk surveillance. Such a widespread invasion of privacy is a gross violation of basic human rights.

“I have nothing to hide therefore I have nothing to fear” is a common rationalization to downplay these impositions, but it is also the most poorly crafted and cowardly justification for surveillance in the ongoing debate. Whistleblower Edward Snowden debunked this mentality when he lamented that the origins of this approach stem from Nazism. Snowden famously stated:

“Because privacy isn’t about something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. That’s who you are. Privacy is baked into our language, our core concepts of government and self in every way. It’s why we call it ‘private property.’ Without privacy you don’t have anything for yourself.

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like arguing that you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

The people who threaten to take our human rights — or even advocate doing so — are never victims of such oppression and can usually escape these limitations quite easily. As stated by Glenn Greenwald in his TEDtalk, “Why Privacy Matters”:

This same division can be seen with the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who in an infamous interview in 2010 pronounced that privacy is no longer a ‘social norm.’ Last year, Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife purchased not only their own house but also all four adjacent houses in Palo Alto for a total of 30 million dollars in order to ensure that they enjoyed a zone of privacy that prevented other people from monitoring what they do in their personal lives.

The House of Lords’ passage of the text now means it awaits the Royal Assent, the approval and signature of the Queen before it becomes law in the United Kingdom.

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Source: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/11/uk-passes-bill-providing-extreme-spying-powers-developed-world.html

6 thoughts on “UK Passes Bill Providing Most Extreme Spying Powers In The Developed World

  1. This morning the internet connection dropped out 4 times .. & all I was doing was playing the Microsoft Solitaire Daily Challenge.
    WHY ?
    Overload ..
    The CBA experiences systems shutdowns on a regular basis.
    As do supermarkets & other retail stores.
    WHY ?
    Overload ..
    WHAT THE HELL IS THE .. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT / THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT DOING ?
    OR IS IT THAT THE SYSTEM IS A PISSY LITTLE OPERATION IN THE FIRST PLACE
    WE ALL KNOW THAT GOVERNMENTS ARE LOATHED TO SPEND MONEY ON INFRASTRUCTURE ..
    MICKEY MOUSE OPERATIONS IS ALL THEY CAN EVER MANAGE.
    THEY DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH STORAGE SPACE .. & / or .. POWER TO GENERATE / RUN A FULL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM.
    THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO EMPLOY MANY MORE “I.T.” TECHNICIANS & ANALYSTS .. AND THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO .. these systems do not run independent of human collaboration ..
    It is a case of their eyes being bigger than their stomachs.
    IF THE SYSTEM WERE SERIOUSLY OVERLOADED ..
    THE DEFENSE SYSTEMS COULD CRASH
    THE EMERGENCY SERVICE SYSTEM COULD CRASH
    HOSPITALS COULD SHUT DOWN .. intensive care units .. people would die.
    AIRPORTS COULD SHUT DOWN .. what a nice thing that would be for all the airplanes still up in the sky.
    Imagine the worst & work back from there & know that the British government is mentally retarded at best.

  2. Stop demonising the Germans . It’s ZOG/JOG – utter Jew (Pharisee) control , the real terrorists of the world who use hundreds of guises, especially Communism/Marxism/Socialism for past century. Also Freemasonry, Humanism, Age of Reason bullshite, the Englightenment (Lucifer is the Prince of Light) etc… GERMAN ETHNOCIDE in WWII the real holocaust – near 15million.. Jew holohoax/(((six million))) # of the beast.

    Hitler was a great reformer fighting the bolshevik jew savages.

    1. Lina
      Over 60 million people were killed as a result of / in / during .. World War II .. not JUST by Adolf Hitler but by a collaboration of allies made up of European countries & Western countries & THE BANKS .. and Germany.
      It was a massive cull of the “vermin” & theft of the assets of .. the national wealth .. corporate wealth & private wealth of as many people & as much land as they could steal.

  3. Stringent Spying Laws:
    I watched the Amy Winehouse Story ..
    Why was Amy not arrested for being in procession of & using illegal drugs .. is the use of prohibitive drugs legal in GREAT BRITAIN ?
    If Amy Winehouse had been arrested & thrown into prison .. where she rightfully belonged .. she might be alive today.
    The system let her down.

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