I was born in the UK and lived there till my mid-twenties, so it really pains me to see how they have chosen to "go all 1984" with some really draconian surveillance laws. New proposals bring new levels of snooping to bear, and one wonders if the public there will actually balk at all this or just grumble a bit and get on with it.
Unfortunately, I suspect the latter, as that seems to be the way of things over the last 10 years or so. I'm sure the "war on terrorism" will be used as a club to persuade the folks to get with the program. I resent that, as when something bad goes down we often seem to hear "Oh yes, person X was 'on the radar' or 'under surveillance'", but then went ahead and caused death or destruction anyway.
Under the proposals, all communications companies—including internet providers, messaging apps and phone networks—would be forced to provide police with real-time access to a person’s web browsing with one day’s notice.
“These powers could be directed at companies like WhatsApp to limit their encryption… but if the powers are exercised, this will be done in secret,” Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, said in an emailed statement to Newsweek .Newsweek