U.K. Parliament legalizes total surveillance

The Intercept

The ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’, dubbed by critics as the “Snooper’s Charter”, has been approved by the UK Parliament, which means the British government now has sweeping power to spy on its citizens, and force internet service providers to record and store information on its customers’ internet activity for up to 12 months.

“Law enforcement agencies will then be able to obtain access to this data without any court order or warrant.”

The UK government has been engaged in this type of total surveillance for awhile now, thanks to Ed Snowden’s revelations, the Snooper’s Charter merely retroactively legalizes it.