UK police want to spy on public’s web browsing history
Police are fighting for new powers to access the internet browsing history of all computers in the UK ahead of a new surveillance bill scheduled for debate in parliament next week, it emerged on Thursday night.
Forces around the UK have lobbied the government to force telecommunication firms and internet service providers (ISPs) to retain their customers’ web browsing history for 12 months so officers can use the data for criminal investigations when required.
However, before police can access this information, judicial approval would be needed.
Senior officers say they need the powers to catch more criminals operating online, adding traditional methods of surveillance are “becoming more limited.”
The news comes before Home Secretary Theresa May introduces the new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
According to the Times, a final decision on whether these plans will be included in the bill is not expected until just before publication.