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Theresa May, member of the UK Parliament, introduced a draft surveillance bill to mixed reviews on Wednesday.  One of the most outspoken critics was former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who tweeted that what he referred to as “#SnoopersCharter” is “the most intrusive and least accountable surveillance regime in the West.”  Highlights of the draft bill include:

  • Would require internet and phone companies to store records of websites visited by every citizen for 12 months
    • Police and security services would not require a warrant to access to these records
    • Local authorities would not have access to these records
    • Ministerial approval of interception warrants plus a new panel of 7 judicial commissioners given veto power
    • Would replace the existing system of 3 oversight commissioners with a single investigatory powers commissioner

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