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IP Bill: 70% of UK think government already has too many surveillance powers

Posted by Sam Frances on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 11:29

More than two thirds of the UK population think that the government already has too much power to spy on its citizens, even without the controversial new powers in the Investigatory Powers Bill. That’s according to a survey by security firm Venafi.

Of more than 2000 respondents, 78% said that it was wrong that private companies could be compelled to give law enforcement access to data on their customers without their knowledge or consent, a power already contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

The survey revealed growing concern about the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, with 70% believing that the government will abuse the new powers in the Bill, and 69% suspecting that the government abuses the powers it already has.

On encryption, 70% opposed powers that could be used to force technology companies to create back doors into encrypted communications.

For more information, see: Researcher uncovers UK government threat to privacy – ComputerWeekly.com

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