10 times the state meddled with your tech - from the Snooper's Charter to your webcam

Tamlin Magee
Tamlin Magee

Tamlin Magee

Tamlin is online editor at Techworld and ComputerworldUK. He has previously covered a wide range of beats at a variety of publications, from European channel markets, enterprise cloud and privacy to architecture, design, film and music. He is particularly interested in the intersection between technology, the political sphere and the day-to-day.

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The latest draft of the intrusive Investigatory Powers Bill – nicknamed the 'Snooper’s Charter' – has somehow managed to expand on its invasiveness, despite intense criticisms from the Joint Select Committee and the tech industry saying it goes too far.

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Time and again state interference tends to show either a fundamental misunderstanding of technologies governments are trying to manage, or obvious and often overreaching grabs for power and control.

Here are just 10 of the times the state has meddled with your tech or clashed over encryption.

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