The Investigatory Powers Bill came into force today. (Pet project of the current PM when Home Secretary.)
And it’s about much more than just mandatory bulk collection of data.
To put it into perspective, the Chinese government cited the act when defending its own intrusive mass surveillance anti-terrorism legislation. Now that’s one hell of an endorsement!
For example, the authorities may now hack, without a warrant, phones and computers if there is a risk of “death, injury or damage to a person’s physical or mental health.” Well that’s specific.
So who can use these new powers? Police and security services are a given, but who else?
Department of Health
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission [[I]Their job is to investigate miscarriages of justice[/I] ]
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency [[I]Failed to notice Findus selling 100% horsemeat ‘frozen beef lasagne’ & everyone else doing similar [/I]]
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority [[I]Regulating seasonal agricultural workers [/I]]
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner [[I]The body charged with protecting citizens from uncontrolled data harvesting & misuse. WTF?[/I]]
Office of Communications [[I]Never heard of them. Sounds a bit ominous?[/I]]
Scottish Ambulance Service Board
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust
[B]Drink up, the world really is about to end. Glug-glug-glug[/B]