Encryption Snoopers Charter UK

Government scales back Snoopers’ Charter


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

November 1, 2015 | 2 min read

Legislation enabling the police unprecedented access to web data has been watered by the government to help pass it against vehement opposition in parliament.

A number of provisions have been made to the legislation. These include police not being able to automatically access internet browsing histories in addition to dropping both the proposed encryption ban and the requirement that ISPs store web traffic indefinitely.

With the newly implemented concessions, the government looks to pass legislation to further aid the authorities in taking down terrorism and organised crime and bring its current surveillance under a legal umbrella.

A government source told ITV News: "We're absolutely clear that key parts of the original plans from 2012 will be dropped from the new bill."

Access to web user data will be overseen by a "powerful Investigatory Powers Commissioner" who will be a senior judge.

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