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And the award for internet villain of the year 2015 goes to...

The ISPA awards have been given out for this year, and guess who was named internet villain of the year? That would be the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

The ISPA said the reason May was crowned internet villain was: "For forging ahead with communications data legislation that would significantly increase capabilities without adequate consultation with industry and civil society."

The organisation further noted that it was essential ISPs are consulted over the coming Investigatory Powers Bill which will be brought before Parliament later this year.

Unsurprisingly, May was not present to receive her award, but Privacy International collected it for her instead.

Of course, as well as an internet villain, there was an internet hero award, which was picked up jointly by two MPs – David Davis and Tom Watson.

They were deemed heroes due to their efforts to bring forth debate on communications data issues in Parliament, and their legal challenge to guarantee the privacy of the people who voted them in.

Hyperoptic, the fibre ISP, also did very well picking up three accolades, including best superfast broadband, best consumer fixed broadband, and best use of digital. On the business side, the best SME broadband award went to Entanet, and the best enterprise broadband was received by Bridge Fibre.

ISPA Secretary General Nick Lansman said: “Congratulations to all the winners. With ISPA celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the ISPAs show the continued strength and diversity of the UK Internet industry as the UK economy moves ever more online. The Hero and Villain Awards also show that industry needs to be included in the surveillance debate.”

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Darren Allan

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