Sunday, August 19The Voice of London

Surveillance Bill latest: Internet providers will have to store all data in Theresa May’s newly unveiled plans

Home Secretary Theresa May has revealed that in plans for her proposed surveillance bill police and intelligence officers will have the ability to view all websites people have visited, without a warrant.

Words: Megan Townsend Sub-Editor: Isabella Ellis


She did assure, however, there would be safeguards over what Mi5, Mi6 and the police could access, to prevent spying on usage.

As we reported earlier this week it had previously been believed that officers would need permission from a judge to access the information, however in the proposed bill only remains true with the emails and internet usage of journalists.

May insisted there was no reason to be worried about the data storage insisting it was browsing data and basic history “the modern equivalent of an itemised phone bill”

Her proposal also contains how the bill will protect privacy and free speech, however the state will be allowed to hack devices and carry out “data sweep” operations to obtain large amounts of information as it sweeps through the internet. Making the past activities of GHCQ, uncovered by American Whistleblower Edward Snowden, completely legal.

Edward Snowden, who had initially revealed that GHCQ had been spying on private individuals using methods such as encrypted text messaging, commented on the plans on twitter

Snowden highlighted that whilst May had promised the emails of journalists would remain safe unless authorised by a judge, this hasn’t prevented GHCQ from accessing them in the past.

The estimated cost to taxpayers to implement the bill will £247m over the next 10 years, at Prime Minister’s Questions insisting “we must help the police and security services keep us safe”