Theresa May is an internet villain

teresa may evilThe Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) in the UK has awarded home secretary Theresa May with “Web’s No. 1 Villain” title.

ISPA represents Microsoft, Google, AOL and the internet-service providers in Britain and has named and shamed May for her support to the “Snooper’s Charter,” not consulting the civil society and industry on this issue, and generally being a Tory.

Tech and telecom companies in Britain are worried with May’s plans to hack into British laws to allow security agencies to track terrorist and criminals. Dubbed the “Snooper’s Charter” the law has been revised a number of times. Earlier versions of this bill had provisions of asking tech companies and carriers to store more user data, including users’ browsing history as well as their social media usage data.

The association thinks May is “forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society”.

According to Andrew Kernahan, ISPA’s public affairs manager, the Home Office doesn’t seem to be interested in that debate and has “proceeded in a pretty backroom way”.

May has argued that a Snooper’s Charter is “necessary” for safety and security of the people.

“It is not possible to debate the balance between privacy and security, including the rights and wrongs of intrusive powers, without also understanding the threats.” May said last month.

MPs David Davis and Tom Watson were adjudged the joint winner of internet “hero” award for this year. They were considered “hero” for their legal actions against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.