Privacy advocates slam new UK surveillance law

Technology companies and privacy campaigners have blasted a newly proposed surveillance law in the UK that calls for bulk data collection of Internet users.

“Powers for bulk interception and bulk equipment interference – hacking by any other name – leaves the right to privacy dangerously undermined and the security of our infrastructure at risk,” said Gus Hossein, executive director of Privacy International.

The comments come in the wake of the new proposed law allowing Britain’s security services and police to collect online data of users in bulk.

The new ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’ would require websites to keep Internet connection records for up to a year and allow law enforcement agencies to access them to help with investigations, according to AFP.

This is while British Home Secretary Theresa May says the government is “not seeking sweeping new powers” in what would be the first overhaul of snooping laws for 15 years.

“Terrorists and criminals are operating online and we need to ensure the police and security services can keep pace with the modern world and continue to protect the British public from the many serious threats we face,” she added.

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