According to the new law, Internet service providers will be now forced to keep a full record of every site that each one of its customers has visited.
Your Entire Internet History Is Now Exposed!
The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 which is nicknamed as Snooper’s charter has been passed by the UK Parliament. According to the new law, Internet service providers (ISP) will be forced to keep all records of websites you visit.
As Reported by The Guardian “The UK has just passed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, at the third attempt, and it will become law by the end of the year. The bill was instigated by the then home secretary, Theresa May, in 2012. It is better known as the snooper’s charter”
All the internet history are required to be kept for a period of 12 months and the data will be available to a number of government authorities on a request. This PDF file lists the names of the eligible public authorities and senior officers.
The list, which is set out in Schedule 4 of the Act includes various police and defense departments, the secret service, Food standards Agency as well as Serious Fraud office etc.
In order to obtain the Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, the bill mandates that the requester has to be a minimum officer rank. Snooper’s Charter was first sponsored in 2012 by the home secretary Theresa May, this bill has received lots of criticism because it tries to bypass UK citizens privacy on a wholesale level.
However, users can use proxy sites or VPN services which can make it difficult for Internet service provider to track the internet activity.