Is the government trying to "snoop" on our internet activities?by Chris Baraniuk / September 11, 2012 / Leave a comment
It’s been just over a month since Tim Berners-Lee appeared on-stage at the Olympic opening ceremony wearing a white suit and tweeting about how the world wide web is “for everyone.”
However, speaking last week at the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation’s global Web Index, Berners-Lee sounded a more ominous note, taking aim at the government’s Draft Communications Data Bill which is due to be reviewed by parliament in the coming months. He warned that if Britain began “snooping” on its citizens and blocking access to websites, it would be going against the vision of the internet that he supports.
Theresa May’s bill, which proposes to force operators to record extensive details of customer’s digital communications, has also been attacked by Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. He called the government’s plans “technologically incompetent” and promised to encrypt British data connections to Wikipedia should the bill be passed into law.