Are those of us in the United Kingdom being spied upon?

Last Update: November 04, 2015

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?



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cblackston Premium
I want to be safe from terrorists but also want to be safe in my home.
Sometimes all this stuff makes me think of peeping toms, somebody looking through your window. They arrest those people don't think?
It's hard to imagine the system that the government could come up with that would be safe, keep us safe but also not intrude in the lives of people that just want to make friends, make money or do things that are totally legal! (Where is that sweet spot, where we can feel safe but also still have our freedom?)
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AlexEvans Premium
I think the horse has bolted some time ago . The internet is evolving at such a hectic pace . Governments are passing legislation which at the time of its enactment is already obsolete . The elephant in the room is that the data that is collected , how can it's integrity be guaranteed . I am sure providers and authorities are beyond reproach . Are they not , yeah / nah . Maybe.
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RichieBarone Premium
LOL!
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AnteS Premium
Orwell's 1984 is coming soon I guess.
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KatieMac Premium
what's to say they are not spying on us now,, anyhow I have nothing to hide so they can just get on with it,, can you imagine keeping tabs on everyone online every minute of the day it is some task, it is supposed to be minimal information time will tell I guess... so smacks of big brother eh
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vic62 Premium
Yes - big brother indeed. I too don't have any issues and they sure have a lot of saving and tracking to do on my account - I am online, every day for most part of the day!!! It does feel somewhat strange though, to think that everything you do is tracked.
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KatieMac Premium
lol me to especially with all the WA stuff, research etc
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RichieBarone Premium
incremental loss of freedoms and privacy......(they're probably already doing it)
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vic62 Premium
Yes - question is - how much further will this go?
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RichieBarone Premium
eventually complete control...one world government...
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GeorgeEkman Premium
It is comming
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