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.
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…
Yes. This is a very real concern that few people appreciate.
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.
What about the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?
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.”
I’ve always found it funny that so many one party states have been “Democratic” by name…
:) Pro tip, when a country has “Democratic” or “People’s” in the title then it is generally not democratic or ruled by the people.