The Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill, is a knee-jerk response from the United Kingdom to a ruling by the European Court of Justice that declared the Data Retention Directive of the European Parliament invalid in April. This new piece of legislation is being sold as a measure against terrorists, specifically “radicalized Brits returning from Syria” but no promises have been to target only suspects of terrorism.
A U.S. citizen was detained by Customs and Border Patrol agents without grounds and interrogated twice over the course of five hours, a recent lawsuit reveals. She was asked personal questions about her relationship with a foreign national friend who was legally visiting the U.S. on a business visa, including whether they were sleeping together. The agents said they had access to their year-long e-mail exchanges. What had the guy done to get this much attention? He must have done something, right? Nope.