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UK Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law, extending state surveillance

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UK Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law, extending state surveillance

The bill became law on Tuesday, after lively debate over the reach and extent of the surveillance it permits. The new law requires telcos and ISPs to collect users web browsing history and call records for 12 months, and to make the data available to public agencies. It also grants security services new powers to hack into computers and phones, and to collect communications data in bulk, the Guardian reports.

Previously a group of privacy advocates expressed their concern over data protection safeguards, which they deemed insufficient. Privacy campaigners were also concerned that authoritarian regimes could use the bill to justify their own surveillance powers.

Although specific safeguards were included to protect journalists’ sources, as requests to view journalists’ call records need to be signed off by judges, the protections do not go as far as many news media associations had hoped, Press Gazette reports.

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-11-30 13:54

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