Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Well you’re kind of right!
If you live in the UK the Investigatory Powers Acts 2016 requires your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and your mobile company to log, list and upload to a central government controlled database all your internet history.
48 Government Agancies and the Security Services have the power to access this Database – searching, filtering and profiling without requiring a warrent. God help you if you have any history or perhaps enter a flagged search term.
Worried yet or not bothered ? ? ?
Ok well that’s what the the Good Guys can do! What about the Hackers? Criminals that want to steal your data so they can take money from your bank, get your details for Identity Theft, Clone your Credit Cards, Hack your Facebook or just find out when your going to be out so they can Burgle your House.
It happens and it’s increasing! Up 8% last year with 3.6 million cases of fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences.
Fraud Consists of:
- Bank and credit account fraud – meaning criminals accessing bank accounts, credit cards or fraudulently using plastic card details
- “Advance fee fraud” – crimes where the victim has been tricked into handing over cash after a communication, such as a lottery scam
- “Non-investment fraud” – criminals conning a victim into buying something, often online, perhaps through a bogus phone call or email.
- Other frauds including investment or fake charity scams
Computer misuse crimes:
- Unauthorised access to personal information, including hacking
- Computer virus, malware or other incidents such as “DDoS” attacks aimed at online services
If you think thats bad, in America as always, they do it even better so in the US they offer all your search data For Sale! To almost anyone.
Then you’ve got the CIA’s ‘List of Flagged Keywords’. When online if you enter a combination of two of more keywords from the list of amlost 400 words you could be tagged for profiling or even surveillance.
It’s just all a bit weird. We insure our pets and our holidays. We shut the curtains at night to stop people looking in and close the windows when we go out. We have passwords on our phones to stop the kids or even our partners looking and we never walk under ladders cos it’s bad luck! But we leave a trail online every day. The security of our personal data and internet privacy should be as important as locking the front door at night and wearing a seatbelt in the car.
It’s time to Get a VPN.
Investigatory Powers Act 2016 List of authorities allowed to access Internet connection records without a warrant
- Metropolitan Police Service
- City of London Police
- 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
- 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
- NHS National Services Scotland
- Competition and Markets Authority
- Criminal Cases Review Commission
- Department for Communities
- Department for the Economy
- Department of Justice (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 Commission
- Information Commissioner
- NHS Business Services Authority
- Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
- Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
- Health & Social Care Business Services Organisation
- Office of Communications
- 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
Cybercrime and fraud annual figures
Department of Homeland Security forced to release list following freedom of information request.