The government can now see your browser history (even if you delete it)
The government can now see your browser history (even if you delete it).
New details from the Government's revised "Snoopers Charter" have just been released, and they show the government can access a lot more of your data than they could before.
According to the revised Investigatory Powers Bill the police can now access your browser history from the past 12 months, as well as data stored on your computers, laptops and smartphones.
Private mode won't make any difference
To state the obvious, the government will still be able to see your internet history, even when you delete it, or when you use private browsing, as they will be getting their data directly from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), who store your computer's unique IP address.
According to the update released today, police will also be allowed to hack your computer remotely in cases involving a credible "threat to life", or to help in missing person investigations.
Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs she wanted to keep allowing GCHQ to carry out bulk computer hacking, which she described as a "key operational requirement":
"This is vital legislation and we are determined to get it right" she told MPs in Parliament.
"Terrorists and criminals are operating online, and we need to ensure the police and security services can keep pace with the modern world and continue to protect the British public from the many serious threats we face."
Not well thought out
Tory MP Dominic Grieve, chairman of the committee examining the legislation earlier this month said that bill suffered from a lack of thought:
"The issues under consideration are undoubtedly complex, however it has been evident that even those working on the legislation have not always been clear as to what the provisions are intended to achieve."
Mr Grieve added: "The draft Bill appears to have suffered from a lack of sufficient time and preparation."
Thankfully, however, the bill appears to be much watered down from the initial proposals, which would have stopped encryption altogether, and allowed the government to see any photos (for example, dick picks) that you sent to anyone else electronically.