UK Government Begins Citizen Online Click Tracking and Snooping
BEWARE – the Government is now RECORDING everywhere you click online
SO-CALLED ‘Snooper’s Charter’ gives government bodies unprecedented data collection powers.
By Michael Moore
PUBLISHED: 11:44, Sat, Dec 31, 2016
Internet users in the United Kingdom are facing greater online surveillance than ever before after a controversial new law officially came into force.
December 30th marks the date that the Investigatory Powers Act, also known as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ officially comes into force, allowing the government to collect data on anyone.
The government says that the new laws will primarily be used to combat serious crimes such as terrorism, but campaigners have warned that it could lead to innocent people being convicted of offences they didn’t commit.
The new legislation, described as “world-leading” by home secretary Amber Rudd, will primarily be used to carry out bulk email surveillance, as authorities look to monitor communications between suspects.
The companies would also need to be able to provide police, security services and official agencies with access to this data whenever required.
Law enforcement agencies would also be given powers to hack into the computers and mobile devices of potential suspects.
However the life of the new Act could be short-lived following a successful challenge in EU courts last week.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that “general and indiscriminate retention of data” is against EU law in an embarrassing retort to Prime Minister Theresa May.
The court did admit that combatting crime was a legitimate use for the information, but the laws could now be open to change or even withdrawal if there is enough opposition.
Once the UK leaves the European Union, however, the choice may become arbitrary, as the ECJ would then have no authority here.