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[BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

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[BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby parityboy » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:05 pm

The law passed yesterday by both UK legislative houses (the House of Commons and the House of Lords), and officials expect the Royal House to sign it into law by the end of the year.

Here is just a small list of all the new surveillance regulation included in the IP Bill's approved version:

  • Internet Service Providers must log every user's web browsing history for a year.
  • Police and other law enforcement agencies can access this data through a specialized interface and search for suspects or general profiles.
  • Security services can access and analyze public and private databases.
  • Government agencies can still collect communications data in bulk, just like through RIPA.
  • Police and other law enforcement agencies can, under certain circumstances, hack into users' devices.
  • Communications operators must remove their side of encryption and help state agencies access data or devices.

For the past years, human rights groups, tech companies, politicians, and regular UK citizens have criticized the new law, which grants the UK government the same powers Chinese authorities have.



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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby Khariz » Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:52 am

Thank God for VPN services like this one. (actually the administrators of said VPNs)


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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby sm1th » Sun Nov 20, 2016 4:11 pm

Yeah, dark days. :(

@df Have you looked into this law? Can you shield us from the worst of it?

...Mind you, how long before using encryption itself is seen as a deviant act...*sigh*

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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby parityboy » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:39 pm

@sm1th

Indeed. However, banning the use of encryption in general would kill online banking and other sensitive services overnight, and the banks won't stand for that. Specifically banning VPNs will have the business community up in arms.

No doubt "the powers that be" are looking at it though...


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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby sm1th » Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:39 pm

A ban isn't everything, is it? If this year has taught me anything, it's how malleable the general populace is...you just have to do an us and them thing, and that's so easy with encryption as almost no fucker understands it.



Fuck 2016. It's even too much for a proper rant... :thumbdown:


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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby Taz » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:45 pm

Write your Congressional reps. Use snailmail.

Demand sanctions against Britain plus .45in holes in the skulls of anyone trying the same here.

This is not a time for seeking safety. Congress needs to fear citizens.

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Re: [BleepingComputer] UK Passes the Most Extreme Surveillance Law in the History of Western Democracy

Postby sysfu » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:29 pm

I actually welcome these crackdowns because they drive encryption adoption by the plebs like nothing else.

I've been working for the last five years to develop my own self hosted and encrypted infrastructure and plan on releasing a video tutorial series showing punters how to do it themselves.


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