UK Officially Gives Up Any Pretense That It Is Not George Orwell's Nightmare Come True
The "Snoopers Charter" or more properly, the Investigatory Powers Bill is a formality away from becoming law in the UK. Once it has received Royal Assent, this far-reaching blanket surveillance implementation will be officially in place, effectively throwing UK Internet users under the bus as far as their privacy is concerned.
I was born in the UK, and I don't think it's too strong a statement to say that I am ashamed of what the government has wrought for their citizenry. I honestly don't think I could go back there to live anymore, it would just not seem like my homeland.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee (father of the World Wide Web) said of the bill:
BBCThis snoopers charter has no place in a modern democracy - it undermines our fundamental rights online. The bulk collection of everyone's internet browsing data is disproportionate, creates a security nightmare for the ISPs who must store the data - and rides roughshod over our right to privacy. Meanwhile, the bulk hacking powers in the Bill risk making the internet less safe for everyone.