Real Time Internet Surveillance Planned

Real Time Internet Surveillance Planned

The ‘live’ surveillance of British web users’ internet communications has been proposed in a draft technical paper.

If made a legal requirement, the access would occur via the Investigatory Powers (IP) Act which includes provisions for the removal of encryption on content.

The paper was allegedly leaked to the civil liberties body, Open Rights Group, which received the document on the 4th of May.

According to a clause in the technical capabilities paper, phone companies and internet service providers would be asked to provide “data in near real-time” within one working day.

This access would need to be sanctioned by secretaries of state and a judge appointed by the prime minister.

Some argue this could be exploited by hackers, endangering innocent users.

Executive director of the Open Rights Group, Jim Killock, told the BBC:  "The public has a right to know about government powers that could put their privacy and security at risk.

"It seems very clear that the Home Office intends to use these to remove end-to-end encryption – or more accurately, to require tech companies to remove it," said Dr Cian Murphy, a legal expert at the University of Bristol who has criticised the scope of the IP Act.

"I do read the regulations as the Home Office wants to be able to have near real-time access to web-chat and other forms of communication,"

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