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The Independent today:

Investigatory Powers Bill: Theresa May accused of rushing snoopers' charter into law to avoid scrutiny
Theresa May has been accused of trying to rush through controversial new surveillance laws before the EU referendum campaign, after it emerged that a new “snoopers’ charter†will be introduced in the Commons this week.
The Home Secretary’s draft Bill – giving spy agencies sweeping powers to monitor people’s web history – was attacked in a series of parliamentary reports earlier this month, sparking calls for it to be entirely rewritten. 
A joint committee of MPs and peers has claimed that Mrs May’s proposed overhaul of spying laws was “flawed†and set out 86 proposed changes. However, Mrs May will formally bring forward the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill on 1 March.
The Bill is the Government’s second attempt at creating new digital surveillance powers for the security services. The first – the original “snoopers’ charter†– was dropped after Nick Clegg vetoed its introduction in 2013 over privacy fears.


So who is going to spy on the government and will they be selling our web history to anyone including the FBI?

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The Independent today:


So who is going to spy on the government and will they be selling our web history to anyone including the FBI?


We'll end up paying extra to the ISPs to pay for the privilege too. Who will safeguard our data once it's recorded? 

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The data once recorded will be vetted by psychological experts to determine if you are a threat to national security .


A 15 year old boy was recently reported to the Police by his school for viewing 'politically incorrect websites, indicating extremist views'. He'd been looking at a UKIP website. So the authorities are already investigating people who might not be thinking in a way that fits in with the total mainstream. 



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Brian Gerrish from UK Column News has interviewed the father of the boy who was viewing "politically incorrect websites"


I'm no fan of his style of trying to find a scandal under any establishment stone he may stumble across but I'd defend his right to say what he does. He needs to sort his tie out from today's transmission tho .... 

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  • 8 months later...

Well here we are 9 months down the road.


The Independent - 17th November 2016
Investigatory Powers Bill: ‘Snoopers Charter 2’ to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers
The bill will force internet companies to store their users’ browsing data for a year, and will allow the government to force phone makers to hack into people’s handsets
The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks. The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter.
But the Government has worked to continue to pass the bill, despite objections from those companies that the legislation is not possible to enforce and would make customers unsafe. The House of Lords’s agreement to the text now means that it just awaits Royal Assent, at which point it will become law.
The full list of agencies that can now ask for UK citizen's browsing history, which is laid out in Schedule 4 of the bill and was collected by Chris Yiu, is below:
Metropolitan police force
City of London police force
Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
Police Service of Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
British Transport Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Royal Navy Police
Royal Military Police
Royal Air Force Police
Security Service
Secret Intelligence Service
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Home Office
Ministry of Justice
National Crime Agency
HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Scotland
Gambling Commission
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner
NHS Business Services Authority
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
Office of Communications
Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
Scottish Ambulance Service Board
Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
Serious Fraud Office
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust


I spy with my little eye something to use against you when you step out of line. Democracy going down the pan rapidly.

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It's a tricky one, Megilleland. It all depends on how seriously you want to tackle preparation for acts of terrorism, access to child pornography and people researching how to commit the perfect murder etc. The key to this will be the authority levels to gain access to such records. For example, search warrants are granted to the police by magistrates. Tests apply, such as: how reliable is the source, how recent is the information, how accurate is it, has it been provided maliciously and can it be corroborated. There are other considerations which must be addressed too. I'd expect a very high threshold of tests to be applied by the Courts before State agencies can go snooping through your internet research. Like I say, it's a tricky one.

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