We never thought that things will turn this way. Especially when you consider we are talking about country famous for its democracy, freedom and liberty. An Investigatory Powers Bill or so called IP Bill passes into law. If you live in UK you should know what it means, how it can affect your privacy and what you can do to prevent it.
Investigatory Powers Bill – IP Bill – what is it?
In short it is a new law that affects all Internet providers in UK and all their customers. From now on, internet providers will be required to keep a full record of every site that each of its customers have visited. In another words 100% of your browsing history will be logged and saved by a company that allows you to connect to the internet. You might say… “So, what? They did that in the past anyway”. And that is correct but only to a certain point. First of all, those records (internet connection records – ICR’s) will be a lot more detailed now. Second change is even bigger. To this point, in order to get certain data from your ISP, authorities needed court order. This way there was an outside, independent control over who and why gets access to such data. Not any more. Right now ISP’s will have to store those for period of 1 year and make them available to the Government if asked. No more checking for specific websites and if you visit them. From now on Government will have complete knowledge of every single step you take in the Internet. And if you now say… “Ok, I am not a criminal. Only Police and similar government bodies will have access to such data.”. This is where you are wrong again.
Investigatory Powers Bill – who can ask for records?
Here is (based on The Independent article) complete list of all organisations that will be in power to ask for such records:
- Metropolitan Police Service
- City of London Police
- Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
- Police Service of Scotland
- Police Service of Northern Ireland
- British Transport Police
- Ministry of Defence Police
- Royal Navy Police
- Royal Military Police
- Royal Air Force Police
- Security Service
- Secret Intelligence Service
- Ministry of Defence
- Department of Health
- Home Office
- Ministry of Justice
- National Crime Agency
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Department for Transport
- Department for Work and Pensions
- NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
- Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
- Competition and Markets Authority
- Criminal Cases Review Commission
- Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
- Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
- Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
- Financial Conduct Authority
- Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
- Food Standards Agency
- Food Standards Scotland
- Gambling Commission
- Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
- Health and Safety Executive
- Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
- Information Commissioner
- NHS Business Services Authority
- Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
- Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
- Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
- Office of Communications
- Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
- Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
- Scottish Ambulance Service Board
- Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
- Serious Fraud Office
- Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust
Ask yourself now if you truly are OK with all those authorities having access to your browsing history. What about the risks of leak?
IP Bill – easy way to stop authorities from having those data.
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