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Your entire internet history to be viewable by PSNI, taxman, DWP and Food Standards Agency and other government bodies within weeks

November 28, 2016

Organisations including the PSNI, Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions will be able to see UK citizens’ entire internet browsing history in weeks.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which was all but passed into law this week, forces internet providers to keep a full list of Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, and make them available to the government if it asks.

Those ICRs effectively serve as a full list of every website that people have visited, not collecting which specific pages are visited or what’s done on them but serving as a full list of every site that someone has visited and when.

And those same ICRs will be made available to a wide range of government bodies.


Those include expected law enforcement organisations like the police, the military and the secret service – but also contain bodies like the Food Standards Agency, the Gambling Commission, council bodies and the Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust.

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



The same part of the act also includes the minimum office or rank that each person within those organisations must be if they want access to the records.

In the police, any viewer must be an inspector or a superintendent, for instance.

In a statement the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said: “The Investigatory Powers bill will apply throughout the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland. Once Royal Assent is obtained, implementation will commence in stages beginning with those aspects of the bill that will replace the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) which currently provides the lawful basis forcommunications data retention in the UK.

“The Government will set out the timetable, which will be subject to detailed consultation with industry and operational partners, in due course.

“The Northern Ireland Office is working very closely with the Home Office to ensure that implementation of the other relevant aspects of the bill, including the establishment of the Office of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, is successful.”

The DUP, Sinn Fein, UUP, SDLP and Alliance were asked for comment but did not respond.


Independent News Service


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