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UK Government Pushing to Pass ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ Surveillance Legislation

Privacy has recently roared back into the headlines and this time, it’s not the US CISPA legislation. It’s actually a piece of surveillance legislation that the UK is trying to pass. We take a look at what the legislation is and why it’s controversial.

We’ve been keeping tabs on the latest developments of CISPA, a controversial surveillance bill in the US, but CISPA isn’t the only surveillance legislation floating around right now. The UK is also considering surveillance legislation (currently being called the “Snoopers’ Charter”) of their own. Like CISPA, the Snoopers’ Charter has many opponents which includes digital and civil rights activists. Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing has been following this story closely.

Doctorow pointed to a news story in The Guardian which said that the government has written a “blank cheque” to fund this surveillance legislation:

The Home Office has confirmed it will foot the bill, thought to run into tens and possibly hundreds of millions, for collecting and storing the extra social media and web browsing records needed to implement the scheme, which critics have dubbed an “online snooper’s charter”.

Ministers did not put a figure on the cost of the new scheme but said it would be far less than the £2bn price tag estimated when Labour put forward a web-tracking scheme based on a central Home Office database in 2006.


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