The Investigatory Powers Act passed on November 2016 gives UK intelligence agencies and police more powers than before.
This bill has barely met resistance apart from some people working at the UK’s parliament. This law is actually very similar to the one recently adopted in Germany by the Bundestag that in the wake of recent terrorist events.
The Investigatory Powers Act legalizes the illegal actions that has been taken by the security agencies and police for many years. Last October, the investigatory powers tribunal ruled that they had been unlawfully collecting massive volumes of confidential personal data.
US whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: « The UK has just legalized the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy. It goes further than many autocracies ».
Jim Killock, the executive director of Open Rights Group, said: « The UK now has a surveillance law that is more suited to a dictatorship than a democracy ».
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