01 December 2016 - 'Snooper's charter' bill becomes law in the United Kingdom
Alan Travis (The Guardian, 29/11/2016)
The “snooper’s charter” bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be repealed passed the 130,000 mark.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, hailed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 as “world-leading legislation” that provided “unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection”.
But privacy campaigners claimed that it would provide an international standard to authoritarian regimes around the world to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers.
No opposition in Parliament
Andrew Griffin (The Independent, 29/11/2016)
The Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, meaning that those surveillance rules will pass into law. The bill was officially unveiled a year ago and passed through the House of Lords earlier this month, but the act of being signed off means that those powers now go into effect.
It adds new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit. Those will be available to a wide range of agencies, which includes the Department for Work and Pensions as well as the Food Standards Agency.
A petition asking the UK government to repeal its new Investigatory Powers Act now has more than 118,000 signatures.
This means that it must now be considered for parliamentary debate.
Internet providers will soon have to record which services their customers' devices connect to - including websites and messaging apps.
They must keep this information for one year and share it with various departments and organisations on demand.
Elizabeth Weise (USA Today, 29/11/2016)
The Snowden Effect continues with a new law in the United Kingdom requiring all web and phone companies in the United Kingdom to store users’ web browsing histories for 12 months and give police, security services and government agencies access to the data.
The Investigatory Powers Act also gives security services new powers to access phones and computers and to collect communications data in bulk.
“This law was basically the result of three inquiries that took place after the Snowden revelations,” said Pam Cowburn, communications director with the London-based digital privacy organization the Open Rights Group.
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