Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter

Most of the media attention paid to the Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter, has focused on whether the government should be able to have access to our personal data.

This is an important debate, but I think most of us already assumed that the government was able to read everything we do online. If GCHQ isn’t doing it, the NSA almost certainly is. We may not like it, but we have just accepted it as a reality of modern life.The Tory mantra of “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, has hit home with a lot of people, even if it is borrowed from Joseph Goebbels.

But does this mean that the snoopers charter is logical and rational step to protect Britain’s national security? Far from it. In fact, there are many real tangible risks of the government’s plan that are currently going underreported. Continue reading “Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter”

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