These Are The 48 Organizations That Now Have Access To Every Brit's Browsing History

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week, in a troubling development for privacy advocates everywhere, we reported that the UK has passed the "snooper charter" effectively ending all online privacy. Now, the mainstream media has caught on and appears to be displeased. As AP writes today, "after months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country."

For those who missed our original reports, here is the new law in a nutshell: it requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right.

While Edward Snowden previously blasted the law, none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing World Wide Web, tweeted news of the law's passage with the words: "Dark, dark days."

Coming at a time when the mainstream media is lashing out at non-traditional websites, which it brands either with the derogatory "altright", or simply slams as "Russian propaganda" to deflect from the fact that the MSM has been exposed as being a PR arm of the ruling establishment, the Investigatory Powers Bill-  called the "snoopers' charter" by critics -  was passed by UK Parliament this month after more than a year of debate and amendments, and with its passage shifts "1984" from the fiction to the non-fiction section, as the formation of the surveillance police state is now effectively complete.

The charter will become law when it receives the formality of royal assent next week but - as AP notes - big questions remain about how it will work, and the government acknowledges it could be 12 months before internet firms have to start storing the records.

"It won't happen in a big bang next week," Home Office official Chris Mills told a meeting of internet service providers on Thursday. "It will be a phased program of the introduction of the measures over a year or so."

The government says the new law "ensures powers are fit for the digital age," replacing a patchwork of often outdated rules and giving law-enforcement agencies the tools to fight terrorism and serious crime.

In a move right out of the Soviet Union's darkest days (which never even imagned central planning to the extent that modern "developed market" central bankers have unleashed this decade), the law requires telecommunications companies to store for a year the web histories known as internet connection records — a list of websites each person has visited and the apps and messaging services they used, though not the individual pages they looked at or the messages they sent.

The government has called that information the modern equivalent of an itemized phone bill. But critics say it's more like a personal diary. Julian Huppert, a former Liberal Democrat lawmaker who opposed the bill, said it "creates a very intrusive database."

"People may have been to the Depression Alliance website, or a marriage guidance website, or an abortion provider's website, or all sorts of things which are very personal and private," he said.

Officials won't need a warrant to access the data, and the list of bodies that can see it includes not just the police and intelligence services, but government departments, revenue and customs officials and even the Food Standards Agency. "My worry is partly about their access," Huppert said. "But it's much more deeply about the prospects for either hacking or people selling information on."

Even worse, the new law also makes official — and legal — British spies' ability to hack into devices and harvest vast amounts of bulk online data, much of it from outside the U.K. In doing so, it both acknowledges and sets limits on the secretive mass-snooping schemes exposed by Edward Snowden.

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Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list:

  • 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
  • NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
  • 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

In other words, everyone.

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While privacy groups unsucessfully battled to stop the new legislation, and now will challenge it in court, public opposition has been largely muted in part because the bill's passage has been overshadowed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union and the scandalous upheaval that has followed.

How did that old saying go... "don't let a crisis go to waste." Well, the UK is now independent from Europe, and in the process its population quietly lost all of its internet privacy.

Renate Samson, chief executive of the group Big Brother Watch, said it would take time for the full implications of the law to become clear to the public.

"We now live in a digital world. We are digital citizens," Samson said. "We have no choice about whether or not we engage online. This bill has fundamentally changed how we are able to privately and securely communicate with one another, communicate with business, communicate with government and live an online life. And that's a real, profound concern."

It remains to be seen if the UK's citizens will be able overturn the law once it does become clear to the public what has just happened.

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VWAndy's picture

 Um no banks?

Notveryamused's picture

Long MaidSafe, currently valued at circa $30 million due for release early 2017.

wee-weed up's picture

Everyone BUT the elites who passed the law.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

I assume everybody is looking at my internet history anyway. Big tit milfs, zerohedge and is about all they'd find though.

Ignatius's picture

From the land that gave us Orwell.

Can't say they weren't warned.

kellys_eye's picture

We lead the world in many things........ sadly.

Life of Illusion's picture




The charter will become law when it receives the formality of royal assent

revjimbeam's picture

ah, the was fun while it lasted

whatamaroon's picture

I think I need to do a regressive analysis and find the old issues of National Geographic from the 60's that showed African women. That way I can find where I went wrong.

Ragnor789's picture

This problem is only getting worse. VPN is the only solution (TOR sucks). Here's a guide:

Backin2006's picture

Next thing will be a law to make it an offence to use technologies such as TOR. 

The UK is formalizing what other countries are doing anyway, often without proper authority and debate. The SS in the US have already highlighted people who can hide their online presence as legitimate targets.

CH1's picture

Wanna go free? Tor is WAY too slow to use. I2P is better, but doesn't come with a whiz-bang easy browser.

Wanna be protected for real? Then pay professionals:

g'kar's picture

I'd only add to that list

DavidC's picture

Loved that! About the same for me!


Randy Bobandy's picture

big brother is wanking!

that fucking wanker...

adanata's picture


The globalists desperately need to control the net but can't, ergo create self-censorship.

It will become easy to target those who speak the truth... and shut them up. Nice.

pickatheweek's picture

Onion browser, TOR, plenty of ways around this.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

I went that route when it first came out several years ago. Tor I mean - not that bullshit prebuilt browser bundle.

Your ISP won't know what you're looking at but they *will* know you are using Tor. Draws red flags. It's also slow as fuck.

I now go the 'middle ground' and use a VPN run by a mob in Romania by true security experts.

I'm not affiliated with them in anyway, but can't recommend them more highly.


BlackSun59's picture

Tor (onion) browser is considered compromised. The Freedom Hosting bust a few years ago was brought about by the NSA injecting malware into Tor users' browsing sessions via javascript, which gave up users' originating IP addresses to a VZ-supplied server farm in Virginia. Supposedly that vulnerability has been fixed, but why take chances? At least one-third of all Tor exit nodes are supposedly now run by 3-letter government agencies.

Instead, I use things like VPNs, Wickr for messaging, Tutanota for end-to-end encrypted email, VeraCrypt for encrypted file storage. Don't forget, all encrypted emails are flagged and stored for attempted cracking.


Curiously_Crazy's picture

"Tor users' browsing sessions via javascript"

This is exactly why if anyone wants to go the Tor route do it yourself, compile from source, set up your own proxies and use 'add-ons' manually.

I tried out the latest Tor browser a few months ago to see if things had improved - they have 'noscript' sitting there but get this... The fucking thing is disabled by default. Makes absolutely no sense. If things like that are so apparent in what we can see then what's going on behind the scenes?

Also spot on about the exit nodes. 5 or so years ago there was a hidden site 'bad exit nodes' which you could put into tor.config but it seems to have vanashed now. Nasty shit was going on way back then. It's all a honeypot.



fiddy pence haff pound's picture

all the have to do is ask their friends in the government and bureaucracy.

and they all know one another.

Oxford or Cambridge

Yars Revenge's picture

Britain has become a police state where freedom is but an empty dream

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Yars Revenge Nov 26, 2016 8:27 PM

Can a country that has such draconian gun laws truly ever be considered "free"?

researchfix's picture

Bet they won´t catch any pedophile. Awesome.

Kefeer's picture

Freedom has always been a human delusion; one only needs to read the actual definition.

Billy the Poet's picture

I own you. Orders to follow.

besnook's picture

the brits enjoy that sort of voyeurism. it has been almost 30 years that the brits went on their peeping tom fetish and i am about to believe the millenials enjoy having everything they do watched and listened to especially when they are buggering their neighbors' kids because their politicians gave the people their approval..

CNONC's picture

Add the ability to upvote and downvote people's activities, and they'll really have fun.

VWAndy's picture

 Hey can we get a look at all thier browsing history too. Fair is fair right.

thecondor's picture

All I can say is Tails I win!  .gov you lose. 

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Nov 26, 2016 8:47 PM

Of course the British elite will never be ensnared in anything untoward in  this internet net- just the serfs.

thecondor's picture

They forgot the NSA.  lulz

Cruel Joke's picture

GCHQ and NSA are very close, in fact they are BFF.

big-data's picture
ZeroHedgers, Want to know how propaganda works and how it was used during the election cycle? How about how propaganda is used with surveillance?  All here. This will blow your mind! Media As a Shaping Agent of Society: The Technology of Influence
DukeMakewater's picture

+1000 This should be read by all sentient beings.  trust no one, mulder.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) big-data Nov 27, 2016 12:24 AM

What a load of crap and waste of time. Not to mention possible phishing/malware/spying.

Don't waste your time. Looks like Jew propaganda to baffle and confuse.

justdues's picture

Agreed Elco the Deepconnections has just revealed itself to be "Deep"propaganda . Posting the usual "evil German Nazi" crap blew it . Notice the video of Goebbels was dated Feb 1943, ie.the war was entering it,s fourth year , he wasn,t "calling" for war like some insane war monger, he was trying to raise spirits when Germany,s back was beginning to be against the wall.

beijing expat's picture

You forgot to mention Israel and America who are sure to be receiving the raw data under secret understandings.
I mean, what's the point of betraying your country if it doesn't help Israel?

Krungle's picture

Yeah, the Saudis never get any of it. I mean we've only been fighting countries for the Saudis for 15 years or so, but I'm sure they get none of the data, just Israel. Always "the Jews", never "the Wahhabis". I mean be an anti-semite or racist or whatever, but at least use all the available facts, facts which implicate the Saudis as having massive influence over US policy (they sort of have way more money and strategic importance than Israel too....).

As to the British spying, how is this any different than what we've been subject to in the US since at least the Patriot Act, if not before? Are we to believe that the NSA does not already suck up every bit of data out there, including that of the British? I mean I get that it is a regulatory burden to companies who now have to keep the data that is already stored in Utah. The more concerning thing is that the intel is specifically being shared with various lower level government agencies, whereas in the US the NSA doesn't have to share shit with anyone except the military and maybe the CIA (apparently not the FBI, who can't seem to get their hands on emails that even Romanian hackers have). I'm not sure what the end game is for the UK; Trump apparently doesn't like totalitarian governments, and they've already exiled themselves from the EU. So are they going to just be a shitty dystopian island with no allies who spies on their citizens whilst continuing to take in refugees from the Saudi wars in the MENA theater? 


Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) Krungle Nov 26, 2016 9:00 PM

The Saudi's have money? I thought they just floated a 30 Billion dollar bond offering and cancelled 250 Billion in spending. Whatever money 'they' had is long gone into estates and gold and lots and lots of security.

Orly's picture

Indeed, that is what Middle East policy has been over the past fifty least since Zapata Oil and Mohammad binLaden.

The Wahabbists have had a free hand to foment disorder and religious conflict in the region, while maintaining an iron fist over the population, particularly women.  The number one sponsor was none other than the Bushes/MIC in the guise of America simply trading for oil.

It is my best hope that Presidents Trump and Putin put an end to the false squabbling, especially in Iran, Turkey and Egypt.

Don't forget, as well, that Hillary's travelling companion Huma Abedin's mother was very involved in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. None of that is a coinky-dink. We have to get rid of this scum once and fo all so that we can live our lives peacefully.


Billy the Poet's picture

This Fox news report states that all US calls go through an Israeli company which has tipped off terrorism and organized crime suspects operating in the US.

Porous Horace's picture

And it will be coming here. And you won't be able to stop it by voting. If you want to stop it, you'll need an army.

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) Porous Horace Nov 26, 2016 8:58 PM

You have armies. Multiple armies at every level. Everybody is armed to the teeth.

kochevnik's picture

Time for Brits to use VPNs and not surf cleartext

A_Huxley's picture

Yes get a good VPN and make sure its on a seperate router so everything in and out of any device or computer is covered.