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How the UK’s Snooper’s Charter Could Affect the Whole World

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The Investigatory Powers Bill, better known as the “Snooper’s Charter”, is here. Right now, it’s the pinnacle of mass state surveillance with its most notable feature forcing telecommunications companies to keep all data about its customers for at least 12 months. And having to hand them over to public bodies without the latter’s justification. While “bigger” news like Brexit and Donald Trump dominated headlines, the Investigatory Powers Bill has been rushed through under a veil of scare-mongering. Even the atrocities of the Paris terror attacks last year were used as a reason to force it through parliament. Britain is less free than…

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