Internet data plan back on political agenda 5


The BBC News website reports that Theresa May the Home Secretary is proposing a law forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to hand over to the police information identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time.

Although the current proposals do not resurrect the full powers in the abandoned Communications Data Bill, which is commonly called the Snoopers’ Charter, Conservative MP and former leadership contender David Davis said the new measure was a “stepping stone back” to those proposals.

The core requirement of the new legislation is that ISPs record the user of a specific IP address at a specific time. Although each device has its own IP address, these change over time and when a device is switched on and off and thus an IP address is typically shared between different users. At the moment ISPs have no business need to retain information on a specific user which means it is not always possible to match individuals to internet use.

The new law could be introduced to parliament as early as next week.


5 thoughts on “Internet data plan back on political agenda

  • cloudstarer

    You can’t match an IP address to a specific user, the best you can do is match it to the person who pays for the line rental.

    I had this discussion with my MP when the Digital Economy Act was passed.

    Wifi is not secure enough to guarantee this, oddly enough the NSA & GCHQ made sure it wasn’t secure enough though I didn’t know that at the time.

    If someone parks their car in range of a Wifi signal, breaks in and then downloads some copyright infringing files, the person who pays the bill won’t even know it’s happened until a the police knock on the door

  • Andrew Duffin

    If someone parks their car in range of a Wifi signal, breaks in and then downloads some copyright infringing files, the person who pays the bill won’t even know it’s happened until a the police knock on the door.

    Another good reason to secure your WiFi properly.

    • cloudstarer

      Roughly half my comment is missing.

      All it takes to break into even a well secured WiFi signal is time & a lot of people don’t have access to the security settings as they’re set up by ISP’s so they are a static target

  • Andrew Duffin

    If someone parks their car in range of a Wifi signal, breaks in and then downloads some copyright infringing files, the person who pays the bill won’t even know it’s happened until a the police knock on the door.

    Another good reason to secure your WiFi properly.

    • cloudstarer

      Roughly half my comment is missing.

      All it takes to break into even a well secured WiFi signal is time & a lot of people don’t have access to the security settings as they’re set up by ISP’s so they are a static target

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