Britain has unveiled plans for major new surveillance powers that would include the right to analyse which Web sites users visit. These measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms.
BBC.com delved down the details of the bill to be passed in the U.K. Internet or mobile companies will be required to hold people’s online activity for one year, this would include what services they connect to, when they do it, how they do it and from where.
Agencies will need a warrant signed by the home secretary if they want to look at what you are specifically doing or saying online. The bill will also cover when and how the state can mount its own hacking operations – and also how GCHQ, the secret communications agency, can launch operations to collect vast quantities of internet data as it flows through the UK.