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The UK’s New Privacy Laws Will Have Profound Affect on People of Colour | Media Diversified

27.11.15

The UK’s New Privacy Laws Will Have Profound Affect on People of Colour | Media Diversified: The new bill extends current Orwellian powers; it includes a statute which would make it legal for MI5, GCHQ and MI6 to use “equipment interference powers”: or put otherwise, the power to carry out computer and phone hacking around the world. This is a fundamental invasion of privacy and puts a huge amount of power into the hands of a worryingly small number of individuals. Not to mention that experts have warned that this will be open to data breaches; keep all this private, sensitive information in one place and you’re opening yourself up to be targeted.

But this is no new trend in the UK. Despite revelations of the huge-scale mass surveillance carried out by GCHQ and the NSA, unleashed by Snowden in 2013, the Government’s surveillance capabilities have been steadily on the rise in the past three years. The state’s tentacles now reach into all crevices of modern communication, tracking and keeping information on citizens. As history will teach us, these powers could be abused used to spy on anyone who questions the state: trade unions, political activists, and MPs to name a few.


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