New Spy Regulations Monitor Every Online User Experience
By Jack Minor
With the recent terror attacks in Paris, more and more people will be willing to exchange privacy for security as the general population looks to the government to do whatever is necessary to make them feel safe.
Under the guise of fighting terrorism, police and security services in the UK will soon be able to access the browsing history of every resident under new legislation announced by the Home Secretary.
A new Investigatory Powers Bill is expected to be introduced in both Houses of Parliament that will attempt to bring the surveillance powers of the various security services such as MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the police under the jurisdiction of a single piece of legislation instead of the patchwork of regulations that currently govern their right to access information through wiretaps and other forms of communication.
Under the legislation, internet providers would be required to store and archive the entire web history of each of their customers for an entire year. The information would be kept even if a person clears their web rbrowsing history. Like most bills that expand government snooping powers, such as the Patiot Act in the US, the bill is being touted as necessary because of the popularity of online communications among terrorists, including social media.
In an interview with Sky News, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, Chris Phillips said, “The world has moved on so quickly: people communicate on many different means, whether it’s WhatsApp, whether it’s Facebook, whether it’s email or telephone. So it’s really important that the laws keep up. [Without new laws] we’d be in a very dangerous place.”
The bill attempts to be a workaround to current privacy laws by classifying browsing history and information on emails sent and received as communications data rather than refer to it as content. To clarify the difference, communications data is considered the basic details of a message or web page visited such as details on an itemized phone bill or information on the outside of an envelope, whereas officials are defining content as the letter sent with your bill or the words spoken on a phone call. Under current UK law, accessing data does not require a warrant like accessing content does.
The bill also addresses the issue of personal encryption of data. Governments, including the US, have been pressuring companies that provide encryption services to create their systems with a back door to allow government surveillance without a warrant. Companies such as Apple have so far been pushing back on the idea, noting that the back door would make their systems more vulnerable to a hacker.
Under the UK bill, communications firms would have to go even further and help government agencies hack into people’s computers and smartphones.
While the purpose may sound noble, at a time when free speech is coming increasingly under attack, including attempts to prevent anonymous internet postings, it is easy to see how such power could be abused by authorities. Indeed, as the recent IRS scandal in the US showed, groups with political beliefs opposite of the Obama administration’s liberal agenda have even been harassed by having to provide such information as the content of their prayers.
With many Bible teachers believing the internet will help usher in the antichrist’s economic system of preventing those without the mark of the beast from buying or selling, it is easy to see how having access to this level of personal information could come in handy in waging war on Christians here on earth during the tribulation. The UK government just may have moved things closer in that direction.
Revelation 13: 16-17
And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
That passage of scripture speaks of the beast that rises out of the earth, also known as The False Prophet. I have for some time now suspected this prophecy to have a partial historical fulfilment, (similar to Antiochus IV Epiphanes partial fulfilment of the Antichrist) as well as a complete fulfilment in a man of the last days. I think it highly probable that this False Prophet was historically Muhammad, and will in future be one of his descendants.
These security measures affecting our lives today are caused by the actions of Islamists, and could result in a measure that is designed to deprive them of finance. Thus, the False Prophet ’causes’ the Mark Of The Beast financial system.