Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has openly criticized the UK Government’s ‘Draft Communications Bill’ which will facilitate the storing and monitoring of all digital communications.
The Bill has been dubbed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ and has already caused an uproar amongst internet privacy campaigners. It proposes the recording and storing of all communications data and allowing police and GCHQ access to it without the need for a warrant. As the law currently stands in the UK, the authorities would need to grant a warrant for access to this kind of information.
Wales was speaking at a joint committee put together to scrutinize the Bill before it is discussed in the House of Commons.
Wales was forthright in his criticism of the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ calling it “technologically incompetent” and saying that he would encrypt all connections between Wikipedia servers and the UK, in order to prevent the government from monitoring its use. He said that other sites would follow suit and this would lead to the government having to employ hackers to break these encryptions – a costly and time-consuming process. Continue Reading