A new video has enlisted the musical help of ‘The Police’ to explain Britain’s controversial ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ with edited statements from its main backers, Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May.
Set to The Police classic “Every breath you take”, which includes the incredibly apt lyric “I’ll be watching you”, the Investigatory Powers Bill is broken down with the aim of highlighting its gravity to the public.
The video was produced by Cassetteboy in support of Privacy International’s campaign against the bill.
The bill, which was passed by 266 votes in the House of Commons last month, has come in for stinging criticism and has been described as “unfit for purpose” and in breach of international surveillance standards by more than 200 senior lawyers.
It has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee for detailed examination, due to be completed by May 5.
Among its aims are the establishment of the first legal framework for the interception of communications and to make it obligatory for internet companies to keep track of sites accessed by users for one year.
Cassetteboy’s rendition begins: “A new law is here that causes decent people to live in fear, a new power that allows us to get your browsing history from the internet.”
Other concerning lyrics include: “As our power will extend politicians and their friends can manipulate it for their own ends; every text you send, every Facebook friend, I’ll be watching you.”