Britain Passed the Most Extreme Surveillance Law Ever in a Democracy

Episode 1341 (08:52)

Houses of Parliament

Britain passed the "Snooper's Charter," which is being claimed the most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy. Current Prime Minister Theresa May introduced it before she was Prime Minister. She's tried two times to pass it, and after four years, it was passed on Wednesday by both houses of Parliament. The law will force internet service providers in Britain to record every internet customer's web history in real time for every place they visit. It discourages encryption. It gives law enforcement and intelligence agencies the power to hack into devices of any citizen. It essentially gives the government in Britain access to all digital data. Leo expects the same thing to happen in the US, and we need to be watchful of it.

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