Breaking: The UK Passes The Most Invasive Surveillance Legislation In History

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By Jess Murray Truth Theory

Just when we questioned whether anyone in the UK lives a private life anymore, with constant Facebook updates, photo sharing and even posting maps of our exact location at any given time, together with tailored adverts on our chosen websites, made possible by an analysis of our browsing history, things just got taken up to a whole new level of invasion of privacy.

The UN’s privacy chief has called the upcoming situation “worse than scary”, whilst Edward Snowden describes it as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

They are referring to a new legislation calls the Investigatory Powers Bill, which would make the UK one of the world’s foremost surveillance states, and will allow both the police and intelligence agencies to spy on its people, to such an extreme degree that does not seem fitting with a democratic society.

The legislation has already been cleared by politicians, and simply awaits royal assent before it is put in place as a formal law.

The invasion of personal privacy that this new law will allow seems quite scary to even think about, and will allow UK spies to hack any individual or even an entire town, if the government thinks it is necessary.

The further fear is that, as this comes into place in the UK, other countries will see the allowance and will continue to follow suit, meaning that the new president elect, Donald Trump, may soon have access to surveillance apparatus for every individual.

A more detailed look into the proposed bill shows that the government will keep a record of the specific internet browsing history of every citizen each year, as well as how long you stayed on each domain, including mobile phone apps.

The UK government will pay each Internet Service Provider (ISP) and mobile carrier to store this information, to which police officers will then have the power to gain access to all of this newly gathered information using a central search engine.
Jim Killock, executive director of the UK’s Open Right Group told The Verge that, “The government won’t be able to get all of the data all of the time, but they’re not expecting most people to bother to protect their privacy.”
Is it a scary thought that it is likely to become normality for a surveillance of every online activity to be the hope of creating a more peaceful society, or is this just in line with a movement of the times, when sharing our personal lives on the internet is a sign of a modern era?

About The Author

Jess Murray is a wildlife filmmaker and conservation blogger, having recently returned from studying wildlife and conservation in South Africa, she is now striving to spread awareness about the truth behind faux conservation facilities throughout the world. You can follow Jess on Facebook Here

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