The U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Bill has already been widely condemned by civil liberty groups for undermining privacy rights. Now from a separate angle, Internet service providers are attacking the proposed surveillance legislation for being hamstrung by technical impracticalities.
Dubbed by its opponents as the Snooper’s Charter, the legislation would vastly expand the power of security agencies to monitor the Web activities of British residents, hack into their devices, and force Internet service providers (ISP) to keep the Internet metadata of their customers for at least 12 months in case its needed by the police.
The last requirement of the bill has led some ISP heads to raise concerns about the technical and financial burdens that would be imposed on their companies.
Some $265 million are allotted in the legislation to compensate companies for the extra work needed to record and keep that data, but that’s hardly enough to pay the overhead costs, and what it will take to keep the data secure.