Wales told the select committee which was scrutinising the Draft Bill, that the plans are “technologically incompetent”, and explained that it would be very simple for Wikipedia to avoid monitoring through encryption.
He had also warned that the plans to collect lists of all web pages visited by Internet users will result in more connections being encrypted. This, in turn, would force the government to employ hordes of hackers to break the encryption, in an escalating cycle of cyber-espionage.
“It is not the sort of thing I’d expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese and it would be detected immediately by the Internet industry,” Wales told MPs and peers.