What the UK’s terrifying new surveillance law means to you

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

25 November 2016

While the rest of the world was looking at the US and the results of the recent election, the UK government quietly passed one of the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance laws ever seen in a democratic nation.

The “Snooper’s Charter”, as it’s known, was first proposed in 2012 by current Prime Minister Theresa May, back when she was Home Secretary. Despite being knocked back twice, the draconian bill has now been passed into law.

And now, the British government can document almost everything you do online.

The Snooper’s Charter essentially forces internet providers to record every single user’s web history, in real-time, for up to a year. This information can be obtained by a number of different government departments, giving the authorities unparalleled access to the online movements of British citizens.

In addition, the bill allows the government to force companies to remove encryption on demand, and to disclose new security features to the government before a product’s launch.

But that’s not all. The bill also allows British intelligence agencies to hack into the devices of British citizens.

While privacy groups and tech companies continue to fight the most intrusive aspects of the bill, the British government’s apparent dedication to maintaining the new laws puts the privacy of individuals very much at risk.

It isn’t a surprise, then, that the demand for VPN services in the UK has risen since the passing of the bill. No-log VPNs like SurfEasy could offer a way for individuals to regain some control over their browsing data and personal information, even in the face of such a wide-ranging surveillance bill.

Visit surfeasy.com to learn more, and to start protecting yourself today.

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