At some point today, the British government will be releasing its new investigatory powers bill.
If passed, both internet and phone companies would be required to store communications data of all their customers for 12-month periods. Here we’re talking about the meta data. All the data about who you talk to, where you go, what you’re looking at. This is Theresa May’s Christmas wish list.
It comes along with what David Cameron wants to see under the Crimbo Tree: handicapped encryption. The Investigatory Powers Bill would ban companies from offering secure encryption.
UK has entered a dark period, a kind of dystopian silly season. It’s one in which traumatised refugees fleeding carnage are painted as villians, migrants seeking honest work are subjected to mistrust and the country subjects own citizens to a kind of scrutiny, suspicion and panopticon monitoring system that seems more suitable in a prison system.
The Investigatory Powers Bill is a piece of Tory mastabarbatory, sado-masochistic fiction passed off as a bill up for vote in Parliament.
If you thought the “Dark Web” was dodgy, wait until you see how feeble the regular one will be when any hacker with more knowledge than your typical TalkTalk sysadmin techie starts plugging away at the back-doors that would have to be installed in UK versions of software for it to work. The economy would be in absolute ruin as financial companies, who realise the importance of unbreakable crypto, quickly decamp for safet shores and transaction orders from British IPs are looked on with more suspicion from abroad. I can’t imagine too many tech companies currently fond of calling UK home will want to really invest that much more here when this comes into law when far more reasonable policymakers exist in other parts of Europe, as well.
As an aside: Welcome to the end of free speech, privacy rights… and such. I’m not terribly worried that this bill particular will pass, but I’m really concerned that people who come up with these kinds of solutions can be considered electable. Because that means that eventually, these are the kinds of laws that will happen.