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    The law will force internet providers to record every internet customer’s top-level web history in real-time for up to a year, which can be accessed by numerous government departments; force companies to decrypt data on demand – though the government has never been that clear on exactly how it forces foreign firms to do that that; and even disclose any new security features in products before they launch.

    Wow. Just wow. This is going to hurt both UK citizens and their internet economy. I know which country will definitely not host the servers for my next project.

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      Wonder how long it will be until the first “Internet Connection Record” database stored by an ISP is broken into and released? After all, they have a wonderful security record…

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        Yes. This is a very real concern that few people appreciate.

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        Good job Britain. Shall we have a book burning of 1984 to celebrate? Then the we can rename the department of defence to Ministry of Peace and start a century long war against a faceless country, oh right, we already did that against terrorists.

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          What about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?

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            Well, the title does say “…in a democracy.” And yes, I know the word “Democratic” technically appears in “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

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              I’ve always found it funny that so many one party states have been “Democratic” by name…

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              :) Pro tip, when a country has “Democratic” or “People’s” in the title then it is generally not democratic or ruled by the people.