Your entire internet history to be viewable by PSNI, taxman, DWP and Food Standards Agency and other government bodies within weeks
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.
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
Secret Intelligence Service
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
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
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints 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