How Much of Your Browsing History Will Spooks Be Able to See?

Readers shouldn’t buy the spin of a Theresa May climbdown on the Snoopers’ Charter over the weekend. The Investigatory Powers Bill still leaves significant scope for snooping. The list of what spooks will still be able to do is chilling…

  • GCHQ will be able to see which websites you’ve visited, without a warrant. If they want to see which individual webpages you have viewed they will need permission from a judge. That means they will know if you’ve logged on to Order-Order.com, but will need a warrant to see what pages on the site you visited.
  • Tech firms will have also have to keep records of your social media activity for 12 months, documenting when you sent emails and when you connected to social media sites.
  • Spies can still search the internet and social media activity of everyone in the UK if they obtain a warrant. This means that whilst spies can see you went on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc, and which device you used to do it, a warrant will be required to read your private messages.

Forget the talk of ‘curbs’, ‘restrictions’ and ‘climbdowns’, spooks are being given massive access to your browsing history…

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