Wikipedia to be encrypted over 'Snooper's Charter'
Jimmy Wales, the man who gave us Wikipedia, is not at all happy about the Draft Communications Bill, which is basically the government's plan to monitor and store all digital communications. Or, as it is colloquially know, the 'Snooper’s Charter'.
Should the Snooper's Charter become law, Wales has promised to encrypt all connections between Wikipedia servers and the UK. The Wikipedia founder told a joint committee tasked with scrutinising this bill before it ends up being debated by those backward mouth-breather in the House of Commons.
If you've missed the news on it, this bill proposes to record and store all communications data, while ignoring content, so that police and Government Communications Headquarters can look at who is talking to who online, without a warrant.
Home secretary, Theresa May, has defended the Bill, arguing that it will protect UK citizens. Not to mention costing the taxpayer loads of money. However, Jimmy Wales doesn't give two figs about what Theresa May thinks (quite right too) and told the select committee that the plans are "technologically incompetent".
"It is not the sort of thing I’d expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese and it would be detected immediately by the Internet industry," said Wales.