British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for greater regulation of the Internet in light of the deadly weekend attacks in London. But technology experts are saying that the U.K. government’s surveillance powers are already so vast that there is little else officials can do to digitally monitor terrorism suspects without violating innocent people’s human rights.
“[May’s] government now has incredible compulsory powers to do both targeted and bulk surveillance in her country,” said Michelle Richardson, deputy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based think tank. “The only thing left you could seem to grab would be a complete surveillance state. If you’re [proposing to go] even further than the current authority, there’s not much you could do beyond that that isn’t an explicit attack on human rights.”