Governments have been known to try and snoop on their citizens before. This is especially common in countries which are under dictatorship or single party rule. Despots and dictators have been known to try and shackle their citizenry in an effort to keep themselves in power.
Over the last few years there has been a marked rise in the attempts of democratic governments of the western world to snoop on their citizens. Countries which are considered the examples of democracy done right are coming under media and public criticism due to underhand tactics aimed at gaining access to private information under the guise of national security. One is reminded of the Edward Snowden revelations which rocked the US two years ago and forced Edward into exile.
The UK has been a leader in the championing for freedoms and liberties of all kinds, but in a suspect move the government is looking to pass a bill which if signed into law will force ISPs in Britain to hand over 12 month records of websites that every Briton has visited. That means the UK government is effectively looking to gain access to whatever internet locations citizens have been visiting over a period of 12 months.
This shocking affront on the very rights enshrined in the constitution has irked many. The fact that the UK is trying to legislate on surveillance and big data collection from its citizens is something that many are up in arms against, with organizations such as Big Brother Watch condemning the move.
According to Amnesty International any surveillance that a government carries out in its effort to protect its citizens must be highly targeted. That means that the people whose information governments should seeks to get must be suspected of engaging in activities which endanger the collective security of Britons. But that is not the case with this bill which seeks a blanket surveillance on all Britons.
The government continues to deny that the bill will add more powers to spy on the people, insisting that the government is merely exercising its duty to protect its citizens.
Observers and internet security experts are worried that allowing such a law will legalize intrusion into the private browsing habits of citizens. In addition, the data collected will create a new set of security problems for the government since hackers looking to gain access to the data and sell it to marketers will go after it with all they have.
Safe to say this is a bill which has no place in the modern world, and the UK should not even be mentioned among countries with interests in such moves.