Spies get right to see what websites you visit
The net browsing history of each and every individual in the united kingdom will soon be recorded under new laws being pronounced by the Home Secretary after, for a year.
Security services and authorities will be able to access that data – which will include all the sites a person visits, but not the individual pages within that website – without a warrant. The new draft Investigatory Powers Bill is an effort to bring many different surveillance powers of authorities and the security services under one comprehensive piece of legislation. Both Houses of Parliament will examine it before voting on the last form of the bill.
“So it is really important that the laws keep up. (Without new laws) we’d be in an extremely dangerous area.”
Strategies to access browsing histories rely on classing these details as communications data as opposed to content. Communications data is the who, where and when of a message – everything that found on an itemised phone bill or might be written on an envelope. Content is the what: the letter within the envelope or the phone call itself. Obtaining content now requires a warrant; accessing data does not.
Warrants will even be under examination in regard to GCHQ. Their scope could be closely limited.
The legal power to hack into people’s computers of gCHQ – only admitted this year and called ‘gear interference’ – can also be covered by warrant. It’s a violation of people’s right to privacy.