Are those of us in the United Kingdom being spied upon?
Well - the Draft Investigatory Power Bill has now been announced. Details of UK website visits are to be stored for 12 months. All service providers must store everyone's internet activity. This will be available to intelligence officers or police and every site we visit will be visible to them. This includes both broadband and mobile phone providers.
Here is how our movements will be stored - as reported by the BBC
"The bill would oblige broadband and mobile phone providers to hold connection records for 12 months and then delete them "in a way that ensures access is impossible".
The bill recognises that an IP address can sometimes be simultaneously shared by different customers, so additional information would also have to be recorded.
To be clear, the authorities would still need a warrant to make service providers store and hand over browser history - eg which specific Facebook pages or tweets had been looked at.
That means, for example, they would be allowed to learn someone had used Snapchat at 07:30 on their smartphone at home and then two hours later visited Facebook's website via their laptop at work.
It may sound fairly innocuous - but of course many people have internet habits that are legal but nevertheless very private. So, is their privacy being put at risk?"
Entering someone's computer or mobile phone is incredibly intrusive. Given the recent hacking into various company records, how should we feel about further data being stored?
All the above, obviously, is in the name of security and counter terrorism, however does this matter of intrusion cause you concern?