The government has increased its surveillance powers thanks to the passing of the Investigatory Powers Bill.

Theresa May launched plans for the law in 2012 when she was Home Secretary under the coalition. It was because of the coalition that the law was not passed by the government after two attempts.

Government departments now have access to internet customers web history, thanks to the data being forced to be recorded by internet providers.

The law will also force companies to disclose security features and policies before they officially go live.

A final inclusion into the law is that the government can ask for data from companies at any time and the providers would be legally bound to decrypt and supply the data to the government.

Concern has come from Privacy International with it’s legal officer Camilla Wood claiming the law will how the government to document everything we do online.

As we move towards a world of the internet of things and as technology develops in leaps and bounds, we have to question whether we are comfortable leaving this seemingly unrestrained power on the statue books.

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