So why should people care about surveillance?
"Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently, by orders of magnitude, to where it’s getting to the point you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use the system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, to sort of derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer." - Edward Snowden
Earlier in the year, I Passled about whether or not the "Snoopers Charter" was a good idea. In regards to national security, of course it makes sense. However, should people have to give up part of their democratic freedoms in order to achieve this and how do we know that this won't be abused by future governments?
It's a tough question and it will be interesting to see how the public reacts to this over the next few month.
In the UK, the Investigatory Powers Bill − often dubbed the "Snoopers' Charter" – is set to become law by the end of 2016. It will give police and domestic intelligence agencies enhanced surveillance and hacking powers and essentially legalise a slew of "bulk" powers already in operation. In response to the bill's proposals, Paul Bernal, a leading UK human rights expert and IT lecturer at the University of East Anglia, told IBTimes UK there is a danger the vast powers – which include the mass collection of phone records and internet data – will be misused by a future government.