UK adopted a controversial surveillance law

The new surveillance law passed in the UK brings expansion of surveillance powers for the government. According to the new law, the Internet Service Providers will be required to store the browsing histories of all the Internet users for one year and make them available upon the request by the court, companies providing online services will be required to decrypt user data on demand, while security services will be allowed to hack into computers and devices of citizens – though journalists and medical workers will remain protected from this. According to ZDNet, Digital rights organisations have raised serious concerns about the enacted law – dubbed “snooper charter” – characterizing it as terrifying and dangerous. The draft law was already marked as disproportionate by UN rapporteur on privacy Joseph A. Cannataci in his report on the state of privacy in 2016.