In 2016, the British Parliament passed the Investigatory Powers Act (which can be translated as the “Supervisory Powers Act”). Under this name, which may seem mundane, hides a law that some associations in the country describe as one of the world’s most brutal in terms of surveillance.
The law specifically provided for the creation of “Internet Connection Records” or ICR, so that Internet access providers have the possibility to compel browsing histories for one year, at the discretion of a judge. Seven years later, the Wired site reveals how the device, which has passed its experimental stage, is still evolving with great fanfare today.
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History, IP address and applications
Official documents show that in 2022, the police in the UK believed that the test of this device was successful. If this system does not allow a detailed view of consulted web pages, it allows us to list the sites visited by the monitored – so that we can know that you have visited Wikipedia, but not which articles.
It was also planned that law enforcement authorities could access the history of applications opened on the smartphone or other information such as IP address, customer number. In 2016, Internet service providers judged that it would take years to set up such a system that would allow the collection and storage of KPIs.
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However, some of its elements may now be in place: for example, the National Crime Agency (NCA), …
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