The UK’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced new measures to be introduced as part of the upcoming Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, which will force ISPs to link IP addresses with individual users.
‘Loss of the capabilities on which we have always relied is the great danger we face. The bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap. But I believe we need to make further changes to the law. It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the communications data bill until we get the changes we need.’
Despite fears that May is effectively reviving the powers to ‘fully identify’ everybody that so alarmed privacy advocates in the 2013 Draft Communication Data Bill (aka the Snoopers’ Charter), which was dropped due to opposition from minority coalition partners Liberal Democrat Party, the Liberal Democrats have given the plan a cautious welcome (while denying any similarities with the much despised earlier Bill,
‘It is good news that the Home Office has finally got round to producing proposals on this after being repeatedly asked by Nick Clegg. This is exactly the kind of thing that we need to take action on, rather than proposing an unnecessary, unworkable and disproportionate snooper’s charter. There is absolutely no chance of that illiberal bill coming back under the coalition government. It’s dead and buried.’
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