Internet firms to store customers’ web history for 12 months
Internet firms will be required to store details of users’ web history for 12 months under a new surveillance law. The law forms part of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill which is set to be announced today in the House of Commons. The government has promised that there will be strict safeguards in place to protect people’s data, including a ban to prevent councils having access to the data and the introduction of a new criminal offence of unlawfully misusing the data.
The new law is seen as necessary to tackle terrorism and organised crime, as security services say that it is currently difficult to monitor communication between terrorists online. The proposal has raised concerns from privacy campaigners and government critics as Internet firms will have the power to intercept people’s Internet use and electronic communications. However ministers have reassured the public that world-leading levels of restrictions will be put in place to stop any abuse of the rule taking place.
Do you think it’s necessary for Internet firms to have access to our web history for 12 months?