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ISPA names Theresa May as villain of the year for snooper's charter push


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

July 3, 2015 | 2 min read

The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has named home secretary Theresa May as an ’Internet Villain’ for her support of the 'snooper's charter' without conducting what the organisation thinks is a full consultation of the industry.

May picked up the award for “forging ahead with communications data legislation without fully consulting industry".

ISPA added: "With an Investigatory Powers Bill due before parliament in the coming months, it is essential that ISPs are consulted."

On the other hand, MPs David Davis and Tom Watson were named ‘Internet Heroes’ for their hard work battling action against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act.

A statement read: “Surveillance has dominated both the hero and villain shortlists for number of years, and it was felt Davis and Watson were some of the best informed politicians on the subject.”

Additionally, a special 20th anniversary award was given to John Souter, chief executive of Linx, the London Internet Exchange, for his sustained service to the UK internet industry.

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