Earlier we revealed how bosses are slowly getting more powers to monitor an employee’s emails if it is sent during work hours.
However, firms are not the only ones who can monitor our records.
Under legislation dubbed ‘the snoopers charter’, cafes and coffee shops will have running Wi-Fi networks may have to store internet data.
This could also include libraries and universities that would also be forced to hand over customers’ confidential personal data tracking their web use.
Costs of the snoopers charter are now estimated to exceed the £240 million that was originally set aside for the surveillance project.
During a question and answer session lasting nearly 2 hours, held by the joint parliamentary scrutiny committee, the home secretary revealed that small-scale internet providers would not be excluded from the requirement to store their customer’s internet records for up to 12 months.
Theresa May told MPs: “I do not think it would be right for us to exclude any networks. If you look at how people do their business these days, it is on the move.”
Demands from the information commissioner and defence and security agencies to include a “sunset clause” on the legislation ensuring it would be revisited within five to seven years to cope with the rapid pace of technological change, were rejected.
The bill also requires tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Google, to store their customers’ communications data records for 12 months and to hand them over to British police and security agencies on request.
It has also been reported that the scrutiny committee has had only two and a half months to examine the 300-page bill.
Phone providers have also complained that the costs of retaining all customer data could be prohibitive.
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