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Internet service providers will have to store data about their users for 12 months

After weeks of conflicting reports, the draft Investigatory Powers Bills  has been revealed.

It represents the UK government’s attempt to update and tidy up the powers the authorities have to delve into the public’s data to combat crime.

It is a huge document – but at its heart is the argument it is illogical officials can scan through itemized lists of the phone calls people make but not the websites and chat apps they use.

So, the bill proposes the authorities be given the right to retrospectively check people’s “internet connection records” without having to obtain a warrant.

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?

Record and wipe

To fully understand what is at stake, it is worth explaining how the authorities would access this information.

_86500639_2162cf3c-8065-4a96-a29c-84ff8678e0f4The authorities could ask which social networks a person had visited, but not for the specific web pages looked at

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”.

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One Response to “Will UK spy bill risk exposing people’s porn habits?”

  1. December 21st, 2015 at 02:22 | #1

    Shoot, who would have thuhgot that it was that easy?

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