UK Parliament Ignores Concerns; Moves Snooper's Charter Forward

from the sad dept

This isn't necessarily a huge surprise, but the UK's House of Commons overwhelmingly voted in support of the Snooper's Charter, officially known as the Investigatory Powers Bill. As we've discussed, this is a dangerous bill that will give the UK government significantly more surveillance powers (or, in many cases, will "authorize" things that the UK government has already been doing on dubious legal authority), with little to no real oversight. And despite people being upset about it, it still was approved by a vote of 444 to 69. And, yes, the current version of the bill still asks for backdoors to encryption, but leaves a vague exemption if a company claims that it would not be feasible or would be too expensive. That's better than the alternative, but it's still a step in the wrong direction. The bill still needs to be considered by the House of Lords, but it's disappointing that the House of Commons seemed so willing to cave to demands for more surveillance powers.

Filed Under: house of commons, investigatory powers bill, ip bill, snooper's charter, surveillance, uk


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    Wendy Cockcroft, 10 Jun 2016 @ 6:22am

    Re: Re: Haystacks, Needles, Needles, Needles, Cash and Mind Games

    The actual problem is neoliberal infiltration into the Labour party, i.e. Thatcherite policies adopted by a party that was always supposed to be about worker's rights and the welfare state. Result: zero-hours contracts and the erosion of the welfare state, which began under Bliar.

    This is why the Labour party helped out in such a big way. There's also the problem of deliberate ignorance; they take pride in knowing nothing and won't listen to anything outside of their echo chamber. I saw one security expert giving testimony to Parliament get absolutely hammered in a disgraceful display of arrogance by members of both parties.

    There's also a conflict of interest that's not getting a lot of press. I've actually argued with fellow Pirates over this who think it's a government-only problem: one of the former high officials of GCHQ runs his own security company now and is "advising" HM Government over security matters. As I have already argued elsewhere, this is surveillance for fun and profit, they're not interested in protecting us from terrorism.

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