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UK Police are asking the government for new surveillance powers to be able to view the internet search history of every single person in the country.
Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman told The Guardian that “We want to police by consent, and we want to ensure that privacy safeguards are in place. But we need to balance this with the needs of the vulnerable and the victims. We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication – who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?.
“Five years ago, [a suspect] could have physically walked into a bank and carried out a transaction. We could have put a surveillance team on that but now, most of it is done online. We just want to know about the visit,” he added.
It is likely that police are already looking at your online activity, but just want the power to do it legally. As we learned from whistleblower Edward Snowden, governments are very interested what their citizens are doing online, and they do have the technology to spy on every telephone call and internet communication.
Police in the UK have been attempting to reach for these powers through legislation for years, but they have been blocked on multiple occasions. This new effort proves that they will not be giving up on getting legal permission for their spying programs.
MP David Davis told The Guardian “It’s extraordinary they’re asking for this again, they are overreaching and there is no proven need to retain such data for a year.”
Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the specifics of the plan during a meeting about the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
originally posted by: infolurker
Not that they probably don't already but it makes it easier when it is "legal".
originally posted by: woodwardjnr
I don't really understand the desire to be able to have surveillance on people in the first place. I understand that advertisers might wish to know about you and your purchasing habits, but is it just a power trip to have more control over people. I'd much rather live in a state, with the possibility of terrorism than a surveillance state that guarantees permanent safety from bad people with bad intentions. Why would you want total security provided by the state from a small potential of harm?
originally posted by: tom.farnhill
a reply to: infolurker
just clear your browsing history at the end of the day ( i do ) and then i run my anti virus app , this i do each and every night before i close down my pc .