You are in line for being hacked, By Law; 2017 bodes ill

Posted: December 2, 2016 by tchannon in Big Brother, government

Tim writes about politics, not my usual fare,


Published by aljazera…

The IP Act: UK’s most extreme surveillance law
Snowden’s revelations didn’t preclude the passing of the most invasive surveillance law in the UK.

Jim Killock is Executive Director of Open Rights Group, which campaigns for privacy and free speech.

The Investigatory Powers Act will come into force at the start of 2017, and will cement ten years of illegal surveillance into law.

It includes state powers to intercept bulk communications and collect vast amounts of communications data and content. The security and law enforcement agencies – including government organisations such as HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) – can hack into devices of people in the UK.

And as if that isn’t enough our old friend[1] Warwick Hughes has an article up pointing to an analysis by an outside party of EU fun coming 2017

I think the follow article misses a lot more pending “fun”.

“Referendums, elections and banking crisis due to test DNA of Europe in next 12 months

By Victoria Craw
3:00 PM Thursday Dec 1, 2016 ”

If you thought 2016 was eventful, wait until you see what 2017 has in store.

The next 12 months are set to be critical for the European Union which is facing a series of major events, from referendums to general elections across its core members.

Are we in cursed times?

Post by Tim

1. Warwick Hughes is one of the oldest serving AGW etc. dissenters, goes seriously way back in time. Warwick is also uniquely knowledgable, personal experience with some of the early “difficulties”.

  1. oldbrew says:

    The Austrians win the originality prize for the reason for re-running an election…

    ‘On the same day as Italians vote, Austrians will take to the polls in a rerun of their Presidential elections first held in May. It’s the third attempt to sort out an absolute hot mess that saw the first count disqualified because of irregularities and the second because of faulty glue on envelopes.’

    A re-run of the re-run in fact, or was it best of three 😐

  2. tchannon says:

    Yup, I love that one too oldbrew although there are serious issues surrounding glue being unstickable.

    Err, oh yes, UK can come unstuck from EU.

  3. oldbrew says:

    Can’t believe there isn’t at least one EU reg on standards for voting envelopes 😉

    ‘Are we in cursed times?’

    Brexit put a curse on the EU with any luck.

  4. tom0mason says:

    My assumption always has been that ‘high tech’ methods of communication were allowed only because governments had *always* ensured the devices were hackable — ensuring chip/hardware/software manufacturers, communication channel suppliers, and programmers put built-in back-doors etc, in their products. Why was there only a big cry from the government spy agencies about Apple and Blackberry — because all others were compliant to these spy agencies wishes.
    The government spy agencies require more now, via the new laws because the old methods of monitoring are too labor and hardware intensive, there are now too many people sending and receiving too much information. So they now wish to distribute the effort by farming out part of the task to service providers. The key should be that when done government spying is legal, limited, and accountable.

    2017 should be interesting as Italy’s banks look to be failing, more nationalist parties in Italy, Holland, even Germany are giving the socialists a problem. BREXIT (whether or not it happens) has given fuel to the embers of political reforms across the EU.

    We do indeed, live in interesting times.

  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Internet is the double edged sword that liberates information in the view of everyone.

    “The new age begins with a Net that covers the World”…pg