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Investigatory Powers Act 2016

Unsurprisingly the UK Parliament quietly passed the Investigatory Powers Act, or “1984” to you and me, with barely a debate or opposition. It’s incredible. Have a quick look at some of the agencies that now have permission to track your “Internet Record”.

Highlights for me:

  • Department of Health
  • NHS Trusts
  • Deptartment of Work and Pensions
  • Food Standards Agency

Basically, every government department you can think of, including a bunch that may make life or death decisions on your behalf.

If you’re not aware, this is China-level stuff, authorising the bulk interception and collection of data (which was already happening), and the requirement for ISPs to record the top-level domains (the urls, not the pages) you frequent for a period of 12months.

I know the “nothing to hide, nothing to worry about” argument, but frankly it’s bollocks, although bully for you and your non-deviant views and/or sexuality.

Let me put it another way, we’ve just given the worlds most powerful search, snoop, and identification tools to a right-wing orange lunatic. When the world descends into madness and people’s backs are against the wall this is the shit that’s going to make German efficiency look laughable.

There’s a sliver of hope in the civil legal challenges that are underway, but either way, the fun’s over. Remember, the internet never forgets.

It won’t do much good against the state, but wrap yourselves in a VPN and give your ISPs an excuse not to help this madness. I use NordVPN and Tunnel Bear, both are cheap, both of them could be faster, but it’s a start.