"Snoopers Charter" repeal petition reaches over 100,000 signatures

Snoopers Charter repeal petition reaches over 100,000 signatures

The UK's Government has passed the

"Snoopers Charter" repeal petition reaches over 100,000 signatures

 
 
Earlier this month both the House of Commons and the House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, a bill which is better known as the "Snooper's Charter" to the public, which will require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies to store your internet browsing history, domain visits (not specific pages) and phone numbers that you have contacted for a period of 12-months. 
 
This bill easily the largest surveillance law which has ever been passed in modern history, giving law enforcement and intelligence agencies a lot of additional powers, powers which some critics have called "terrifying" and "dangerous". Now a petition on the government's official petitions platforms has reached over 120,000 signatures and grow being expected to continue at an accelerated rate over the next few days.  
 
When a petition reaches over 10,000 signatures the government is required to respond and at over 100,000 signatures the topic will be considered for an official debate.  
 
This petition calls the Investigatory Powers Bill "an absolute disgrace to both privacy and freedom", while the government states that the powers will aid in anti-terrorism efforts and criminal investigations. Over 40 different organisations will be able to access this information without a warrant, leaving many to expect that these powers will be abused and at the very least will allow hackers to also access this data if ISP and other telecommunications companies do not make significant enhancements to their security.  
 
TalkTalk has been fined £400,000 over the theft of customer details
 
 
With the Investigatory Powers Act ISPs will be required to store every domain you have visited and ever phone number you have contacted for 12 months, potentially leaving this data vulnerable to hackers.  
 
Back in October 2015 hackers were able to steal the details of over 150,000 TalkTalk customers "with ease" due to a security flaw in their system, leaving many to question whether ISPs and the Government can be trusted with even more personal information. 
 
 
The UK's Government has passed the
 

One other controversial aspect of the bill is that it will give the security services the legal power to use bulk collection methods on personal communications data, even in foreign regions. Other aspects of the bill will force companies to decrypt data on demand and tell the government about any new security features that are coming to their products before they officially launch.

Many provisions of the bill are vague, not detailing exactly how large regions can be for bulk data collection and how companies can be expected to decrypt data on demand, drawing a lot of criticism from political activists and tech companies alike.   

The law will also set up an Investigatory Powers Commission (IPC), in which commissioners (serving or former senior judges) will review warrants and publish guidance on the "proper use of investigatory powers" when required.  

Having passed through the House of Commons and the House of Lords all that the "Snoopers Charter" requires to become law is the "Royal Assent", which will turn the bill into an Act of Parliament.

The Royal Assent is essentially a formality, having not been withheld by a British monarch since 1707, which effectively means that the Investigatory Powers Bill should become law by the end of the year. 

 

You can read and sign the official petition to repeal the Snoopers Charter here. 

 

You can join the discussion on the Snoopers Charter on the OC3D Forums

 

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28-11-2016, 17:35:09

VonBlade
>Implying they don't do this already behind closed doors
>Implying this will make a gnats chuff of difference to "muh freedum"

My sides.Quote

29-11-2016, 01:50:50

King of Old School
lol IMO petitions don't work, Governments are going to do what ever they want.

Every Government does this why people in general are shocked bye this Quote

29-11-2016, 03:41:16

SPS
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Originally Posted by King of Old School View Post
lol IMO petitions don't work, Governments are going to do what ever they want.

Every Government does this why people in general are shocked bye this
These petitions have worked very well in the past for other topics. Not sure about this one though.Quote

29-11-2016, 04:54:00

King of Old School
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPS View Post
These petitions have worked very well in the past for other topics. Not sure about this one though.
If the people who have signed the petitions can get it over thrown out that's great.Quote

29-11-2016, 05:32:22

Dicehunter
England is already an un-official police state, Or it's getting there pretty quickly, And they've probably had this snoopers charter in place for years.Quote
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