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Investigatory Powers Act - 48 agencies can soon request browsing history from Virgin Media customers

Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ip-bill-law-details-passed

My questions:

How will this affect Virgin Media customers? Will we be notified when one of the 48 bodies (including the Food Standards Agency & Department for Work and Pensions) request our browsing history from Virgin Media under this new bill?

Has Virgin Media always been storing customers browsing history or will new infrastructure be required for you to comply with this law requiring you to keep customers browsing history for one year?

How will this extremely sensitive information which is ripe for blackmail and extortion be protected?

Thank you

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Jack_C wrote:

Source: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ip-bill-law-details-passed

My questions:

How will this affect Virgin Media customers? Will we be notified when one of the 48 bodies (including the Food Standards Agency & Department for Work and Pensions) request our browsing history from Virgin Media under this new bill?

Why would you be? VM have to disclose it as a matter of statute so likely it will just happen.

Has Virgin Media always been storing customers browsing history or will new infrastructure be required for you to comply with this law requiring you to keep customers browsing history for one year?

They are not mutually exclusive.  They could have had the capacity and not used it and now they have to? Have you read VM's  privacy policy? 

How will this extremely sensitive information which is ripe for blackmail and extortion be protected?

Nobody knows yet,as the ISP's and the statutory bodies are still in consultation about it. But the likely answer is "pretty well by VM" (or any other ISP) and "extremely poorly"  by the government.

 

Thank you


If the records your ISP holds about very basic information (what site is visited by your WAN IP without any mac address info etc), and that is your ACTUAL destination AND you are concerned- that assumes you are not using any form of VPN, obfuscation,proxy server or other privacy measures.

I'm not an advocate of "if you nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" but the extremely basic measures (by modern standards) required by the act are easily off set by the average user.

So basically its business as usual. If you care about your privacy, take appropriate steps YOUR end.

Sorry if that sounds harsh, but at the end of the day we let this happen. Pointless kicking off at VM about what is now a statutory requirement.

 

 


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The Wired article indicates that the complete URL will be stored.

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From The Verge

The UK government will keep a record of every website every citizen visits for up to a year, with this information also including the apps they use on their phone, and the metadata of their calls. This information is known as internet connection records, or ICRs, and won’t include the exact URL of each site someone visits, but the base domain. For this particular webpage, for example, the government would know you went to www.theverge.com, the time you visited, how long you stayed, your IP address, and some information about your computer — but no individual pages.

It's not much different from what is stored by websites you visit that use tracking like Google Analytics tbh.
Access to this data will require a warrant, so no worries there that the cleaner at the DWP will be able to access it.
They will also be keeping similar data on every app you use on your mobile phone or tablet.

The more worrying thing is the requirement to bypass encryption. The government want the ability to read messages and emails that are sent with End to End encryption. iMessage, WhatsApp are two of the most popular e2ee apps in use.

For now, if you're worried about having your data snooped/sniffed/accessed, then there are some simple things you can do;

1. Use a VPN for everything for total security of you're browsing and downloading habits.
2. Sign up to a secure email service such as ProtonMail.
3. Use HTTP Everywhere.

You can switch browser to ToR and even Opera, which now ships with a built in VPN.

The irony is, Google have been combing more detailed data than this since the late 90s along with Facebook.

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In response to the message above :-

A warrant is NOT REQUIRED for the said 50+ government organisations to access the web meta data.

Let me reiterate, a warrant is NOT REQUIRED.

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Hermetic wrote:
In response to the message above :-

A warrant is NOT REQUIRED for the said 50+ government organisations to access the web meta data.

Let me reiterate, a warrant is NOT REQUIRED.


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Some good news regarding this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/21/eu_judgment/

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Any opinions expressed by myself are entirely my own and do not represent Virgin Media in any way.
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Beat me to it...


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