If you think private browsing will protect your internet history, think again.
The Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the Snooper’s Charter, was passed in 2016.
It received Royal Assent in November that year, making it law.
The Bill makes broad provisions to track what you do online. It also outlines that internet providers must now keep a full list of internet connection records (ICRs) for a year and make them available to certain agencies if requested.
This means that out there, somewhere, is a list of every single Website and instant messaging apps that you have visited or used in the past 12 months.
These agencies have full access to anything you’ve ever searched, should they require it – whether you want them to or not.
This is the full list of organisations and agencies that can ask for any UK citizens browsing history:
- Metropolitan Police Service
- City of London Police
- 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
However you needn’t panic if someone you know works for one of these organisations as the law stipulates the lowest rank each person must be to be able to gain access to the records.
So for instance, in the police, anyone requesting access must be at least an inspector or a superintendent.
But, of course, you’ve got nothing to hide. Have you?
Source : DailyPost