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UK Government to Adopt a Russia-Style Mass Surveillance System


Recently, the UK government has presented a mass surveillance law which has managed to get the attention of the internet users from all over the world, as the recommendations given in the draft are in no way acceptable for any person who wants to ensure his privacy. Here are the insights to the law and its impact on British people.

British Citizens Will No longer have a Private Life

The British government is using a legislation to grab the private information of its people. Once the law is in effect, the government authorities would be given the right to get access to the private information of the people, including their audio calls, emails, and text messages. This is nothing compared to what you will be reading next. In the legislation named Investigatory Power Bill, it is suggested that the internet authorities should be ordered to save the browsing history of every single person and keep it safe for 12 months so that the police, security agencies and other government authorities can get access to it whenever they want.

This is Not the First Time

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the UK government has presented this law. It presented a similar law in the past which was rejected for obvious reasons. Other similar laws based on online monitoring have already been rejected in the United States, Canada and various other European countries due to the privacy concerns of the people.

What Politicians Say?

Home Secretary Theresa May was the one presenting the law and she supported the law by saying that there has been a huge increase in hacking attacks in the UK. What she did not mention was that previously, hackers used to exploit the privacy of British citizens by hacking into their computers and smartphones. Now, the UK government plans on doing it. She also said that civil liberties groups will be consulted while preparing the final draft of the legislation. Whether or not the suggestions and recommendations of these groups will be accepted is another question that remains to be answered. Jim Killock, who happens to be the executive director of the Open Rights Group, had a quick read of the lengthy document and stated that this seems to be “an attempt to grab even more intrusive surveillance powers”. Also it “gives the state intrusive hacking powers that can carry risks for everyone’s internet security”.

Apple and Facebook are finally off the Radar

Fortunately, Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other big companies are off the radar as the UK government has taken back its requirement to remove the encryption from the messaging service of all these tech icons.