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The UK is rushing through an emergency law following a ruling from the European Court of Justice which abolished the requirement of Telecom and Internet Service Providers to retain customer data.
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith says the government must end "the unfettered collection of bulk data", adding that law enforcement faces a "bleak future" if reforms are not enacted soon.
European Court of Justice has rejected the data retention law which was passed eight years ago after complaints from Austria and Ireland as the law violated basic civil rights of the citizens.
A different kind of Big Brother is watching you if you own an LG Smart TV; revelations unfolded that the company collects your viewing data as well as streamed media which is then transmitted to them.
Google is back in the news regarding its Street cars and data collecting practises, this time in Brazil where a massive investigation is underway due to possible government data snooping by the NSA.