[UK] has passed the most extreme surveillance law ever

Subject: [UK] has passed the most extreme surveillance law ever
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Date: Nov 18 2016 03:56:08
Title: Britain Has Passed the 'Most Extreme Surveillance Law Ever Passed in a Democracy'
Author: help@slashdot.org
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:05:00 -0500
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Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet: 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. Civil liberties groups
have long criticized the bill, with some 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

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