Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Nov 2016 15:53 UTC

The UK is about to become one of the world's foremost surveillance states, allowing its police and intelligence agencies to spy on its own people to a degree that is unprecedented for a democracy. The UN's privacy chief has called the situation "worse than scary." Edward Snowden says it’s simply "the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy."

The legislation in question is called the Investigatory Powers Bill. It's been cleared by politicians and awaits only the formality of royal assent before it becomes law. The bill will legalize the UK's global surveillance program, which scoops up communications data from around the world, but it will also introduce new domestic powers, including a government database that stores the web history of every citizen in the country. UK spies will be empowered to hack individuals, internet infrastructure, and even whole towns - if the government deems it necessary.

"Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame?"

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How about if I don't like what the government are doing, so decide to stand for election?

What you mean like Donald Trump running for the president and finding out there is footage of him making offensive comments about women. OK lets ban all cameras and storage of video clips, just in case this can be used in the future to smear someone.

Please get over your privacy paranoia and move on with the times. There is already a huge amount of data that is recorded about everyone. I don't need government systems to find out something embarrassing about you, I just need to look at your facebook and twitter page.

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daveak Member since:

Facebook and Twitter are things people choose to share. Reading a website about mental health issues possibly isn't. Support groups for someone who is confused about their sexuality may not be something they broadcast to the world, yet would be in the collected data.

You really don't have a clue about the damage such things can do. What about those Ashley Maddison members who were driven to suicide after the hack revealed their usage? I suppose you think killing themselves was what they deserved for being immoral?

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