They still need a court order to do it so a non story really. Not like they can look at anyone's history for the fun of it
"They" have been snooping on our internet activities for years, without court orders.
Look at the UKUSA agreement, and what powers it secretly grants. The Agreement is decades old now, according to Duncan Campbell, who wrote the 1999 STOA Report
on Project Echelon for the European Parliament.
According to Campbell, telecoms traffic for British targets is switched at the NSA Menwith Hill facility in N.Yorks and trunked across the Atlantic to Fort Meade, Maryland.
GCHQ operatives on secondment at that Maryland facility actually perform the 'sigint' on that British internet traffic. In return, NSA staffers perform the same function on domestic US traffic at Menwith in N.Yorks. And then an intelligence summary - if not the raw content data - is sent back to relevant authorities in the target's home country.
The objective of shifting those interceptions to foreign soils is to circumvent domestic espionage laws in Britain and in the USA, and similarly in Canada, Oz and NZ.
Not that insiders and stodgy-thinkers like the OP would ever acknowledge that. BTW, anyone else noticed that the OP (AdrianPH
) is all over these intelligence-related stories?!
So, as with "Edward Snowden" and the wikileaks project - the purpose of this proposed law is probably to acclimatise us to what's been happening for decades any way.
Edited by edwincluck (Fri 27-Nov-15 03:04:28)