The UK has resurected the old IMP (Interception Modernisation Programme) from 2008, modified it, and is not proposing to flog it to unsuspecting UK netizens as the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP).
If you thought ACTA was bad, grab a tipple, take a comfortable seat, and wade through the following:
Here is the UK’s Home Office blurb on it: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/counter-terrorism/communications-data/
OpenRightGroup has a rather excellent Wiki on it: http://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Communications_Capabilities_Development_Programme
For some background, this is a great resource blog: http://www.slightlyrightofcentre.com/2011/12/interception-modernisation-programme.html
Spyblog has comments from Industry, some of whom are saying WTF!: https://firstname.lastname@example.org/ssl/spyblog/2012/02/19/whitehall-risks-public-revolt-against-their-secretive-communications-capabilitie.html
The Program is reported to be scheduled for official announcement in May (2012?): https://lucas2012infos.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/pakalert-press-uk-government-spy-programme-22-february-2012/
FYI, websites in the UK can be blocked for various reason, one of which is on copyright grounds under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. I wonder if the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) used this law to take-down Rnbxclusive.com
The CCDP aims to monitor all communications (via ISP’s) under RIPA, itself piece of legislation that needs to be withdrawn and re-written as RIPA has been abused by government & its agents on many occations.
The CCDP needs to be stopped, or at the very least, made to be compliant with European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act. It needs to be checked for this compliance via the ECJ, and that needs to be done BEFORE the CCDP it is enated.
I think this Programme makes every UK citizens a potential criminal/terrorist. It infers this by monitoring everyone’s communications, just in case. This is Orwellian, and not right for a civil society.
There’s a slippery-slope to these pieces of legislation(s), Techdirt has a good article on these “weapons” that become targets for “bad people” to use.