How Can I Protect Myself From Government Snoopers?
This article on the British situation with the recent passing of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 gives us some idea what can be done with snoopers, government or otherwise. Of course, the level of an invasion of privacy varies from country to country, and its purpose too determines how pervasive it becomes. Just to give some idea what the UK law prescribes: a full list of social sites and communications apps that you use and what has been said on them from internet and telco companies; service providers must keep browsing data for up to one year; internet tech companies and service providers must cooperate with government giving effect to equipment interference or hacking; must allow the government to remotely accessing your mobile phone conversations and search for information on your phone; all conversations with Parliamentary privileges will be withdrawn; and there will be no need to require judges’ approval to snoop. For the moment at least, encryption at our end will not be banned, but it is a matter of time before that will even be forbidden.
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