Let’s use Data Protection Day to highlight just how bad the Snooper’s Charter is!

The Investigatory Powers Bill remains the UK’s biggest threat to privacy today and every day, and don’t you forget it

Data Protection Day is ten years old today, yet you’ve probably never heard of it. Let’s face it, data protection is pretty boring, until someone threatens to remove it, of course. Maybe the EU should take this opportunity, today of all days, to issue some guidance to clear that up once and for all? Or, at the very least, announce an education plan to rollout and fill the gaps in our enterprise understanding of GDPR before it actually comes into force. The GDPR promises to bring a greater level of consent to individuals when it comes to where their data will, or will not, be shared.

But at the same time, Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May want to pass new powers that would give spy agencies more access to your personal data, via the Snooper’s Charter, formally known as the Investigatory Powers Bill. This is the kind of thing that should be getting the attention today, rather than the red tape of the GDPR. The impact of the Investigatory Powers Bill will be widespread and devastating to the protection of data privacy.

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