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Here's everyone who will be able to see your full internet history under 'Snooper's Charter'

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Call it what you like – the Investigatory Powers Bill or the Snooper’s Charter – it all means the same thing: the government having a right old bleedin’ nose through your online affairs.

Yes, the controversial bill is just weeks away from becoming UK law (albeit one of dubious morality), and will force internet providers to keep your entire internet browsing history record, or Internet Connection Records to give the official name, for 12 months and make it available to various government agencies upon request.

Though these ICRs will only record which websites you visited – not individual pages or what you did on them – it still sounds all a bit Orwellian and sinister.

It also includes apps used and metadata from phonecalls, and gives the the government the power to scritize private data without any suspicion of wrongdoing. Once authorized, officials will be able to access your data using its centralized “request filter” search engine. In other words, they’ll be googling your googling.

It’s no wonder Edward Snowden has called it “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

If you’re starting to worry about your googling habits (and let’s be honest, a man’s googling habits should be his own private kingdom), Chris Yiu has collected a list of all the government agencies who can ask to see your browsing history, as outlined in schedule 4 of the bill. The nosey parkers.

 

  • Metropolitan police force
  • City of London police force
  • Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
  • Police Service of Scotland
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • British Transport Police
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Royal Navy Police
  • Royal Military Police
  • Royal Air Force Police
  • Security Service
  • Secret Intelligence Service
  • GCHQ
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department of Health
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Crime Agency
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • An ambulance trust in England
  • Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
  • Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
  • Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Gambling Commission
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
  • Information Commissioner
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
  • Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
  • Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
  • Scottish Ambulance Service Board
  • Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

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