Draconian UK powers

The Telegraph reports:

Police are to get the power to view the web browsing history of everyone in the country.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the plans when she introduces the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The Telegraph understands the new powers for the police will form part of the new bill.

It would make it a legal requirement for communications companies to retain all the web browsing history of customers for 12 months in case the spy agencies or police need to access them.

Police would be able to access specific web addresses visited by customers.

That’s outrageous. This is like requiring phone companies to record every phone call made by customers.

I don’t have a problem with ISPs being required to keep a history of what IP addresses were used by which customers at which time. This allows people who do illegal things online to be identified.

But requiring them to retain your web history is gross over-reach and a horrendous privacy breach.

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