30.12.2015 - 18:28 [ Techdirt ]

UK Home Secretary Wants Everyone’s Metadata; But If You Ask For Hers, Gov’t Says You’re Being Vexatious

Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary who seems like a comic book version of a government authoritarian, is leading the charge in the UK for its new Snooper’s Charter, officially called the „Investigatory Powers Bill,“ that is filled with all kinds of nasty stuff for making it easier for the government to spy on everyone. Among the many problematic elements is the demand for basically everyone’s metadata. May dismissed the concerns about this by saying it’s nothing more than „an itemised phone bill.“ Given that, Member of Parliament Keith Vaz noted to May that people might be interested to see May’s itemized phone bill.