January 27, 2021

The Editor speaks: The most intrusive surveillance regime of any democracy

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In case you missed it I have republished in full a comment by “” to my recent Editorial “Drops and pops”

November 21, 2018 at 8:33 am

I concur but there are worse popups:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/652/made

The Investigative Powers Act … 2016 Regulations. 2018

In other words:

From tomorrow [Nov 22] onwards there are new communication regulations.

All calls are recorded

All phone call recordings saved

WhatsApp is monitored

Twitter is monitored

Facebook is monitored

All social media and forums are monitored

Inform those who do not know.

Your devices are connected to ministry systems.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages

Inform your children, Relatives and friends about this to take care

​​Don’t forward any posts or videos etc., you receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc.​​

Police have put out a notification termed .. … and action will be taken…just don’t delete …

Inform your friends & others too.

Writing or forwarding any msg on any political & religious debate is an offence now….arrest without warrant…

This is very serious, plz let it be known to all our groups and individual members as group admin can b in deep trouble.

Take care not to send unnecessary messages.

Inform everyone about this to take care.

Please share it; it’s very much true. Groups please be careful.

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On the Liberty website it has a sub-heading “THE UK’S [IPA] IS THE MOST INTRUSIVE SURVEILLANCE LAW EVER INTRODUCED IN A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY.”

The IPA is also known as “The Snoopers Charter”.

The Liberty article claims:

“The Investigatory Powers Act is the most intrusive mass surveillance regime ever introduced in a democracy.

“It gives the authorities the power to collect information about everything we do and say online – on our mobiles and computers – by tapping directly into communications channels, ordering companies to hold on to our data and hacking into people’s devices.

“Agencies can store and search our web history, records showing where we go with our mobiles, and who we call, email and text.  This kind of information paints an incredibly detailed picture of who we are, who we talk to, where we go and what we think.

“It reveals our health problems, our political views, our religious beliefs, our sexual preferences, our daily habits and our every movement.

“SPYING ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US DOESN’T MAKE US ANY SAFER.

“By stripping away our privacy, the Government are undermining everything that keeps us free – our free expression, our right to protest and to fair trials, our legal and patient confidentiality, our free press.

“They are also putting our most sensitive personal information at huge risk from criminal hackers and foreign spies.

“AND IT’S UNLAWFUL.

“In the first round of Liberty’s landmark legal case, the High Court has ruled that the Government must urgently change key parts of the Investigatory Powers Act.

“ bodies will no longer be able to access our personal data without independent authorisation or for reasons which have nothing to do with investigating serious crime.

“The Government [UK] ignored over 200,000 people who signed a petition against the Snoopers’ Charter when they originally brought it in. Repeated court judgments found the previous version of this legislation unlawful – and they tried to ignore that too.

“BUT MINISTERS CAN’T IGNORE THE FACT THAT THEY NOW HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER TO FIX THIS ROTTEN LAW.”

SOURCE: https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/our-campaigns/reject-mass-surveillance

See also published today in iNews Cayman: “Blackstone’s Guide to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, by Simon McKay”

Has “The most intrusive surveillance regime of any democracy” passed you by.

Now you all have been warned. PLEASE send this Editorial to all your friends in case they know nothing about this, especially if they are BRITS.

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