Open Source: Britain’s MI5 to Be Given Major New Powers to Spy Online

Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Paul Martin

The UK government has proposed a new bill which gives the police and intelligence agencies special powers to get access to individuals’ communications data.

The British government published a draft version of its ‘Investigatory Powers Bill,’ on Wednesday, which gives law enforcement the power to intercept, and collect information from internet providers on individual internet users. It then imposes a gagging order to prevent anyone disclosing that the warrant even existed, Arstechnica reported on Friday.

The bill gives the UK Secretary of State the power to give any postal and telecommunications operator a “technical capability notice,” on behalf of police, security and intelligence agencies and the armed forces, which requires any relevant operator to “take all the steps specified in the notice for the purpose of complying with those obligations.”

After receiving the notice, the person providing the postal or telecommunications service must comply with the order, and then keep it a secret. If they don’t comply, they could face a prison sentence of up to 12 months.

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