Brussels spies get powers to track every email you send and website you visit
POWER-MAD prodnoses from the EU will soon be able to read ALL our emails thanks to a new ruling by bonkers Eurocrats.
They will also be able to see the history of EVERY website we visit – EVEN after clearing histories!
And our Government says it SUPPORTS the plans by EU bosses to set up a new Interpol as it will help crack cybercrime.
Nick Pickles from Big Brother Watch said: “This represents a dangerous escalation in the way that cyber security is being justified as a reason to monitor us all.”
Under current UK law, requests for email and electronic data have to be made by the police or a recognised authority through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
But now Eurocrats plan to set up a new Interpol that will give agencies across Europe ‘all necessary powers’ to order the disclosure of online information.
The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) will run a series of security groups who can demand any data they want from public bodies and internet companies.
These include the police, NHS trusts, councils, Google and Facebook.
Ross Anderson, former Government cyber adviser for the Government and security expert at Cambridge University, said: “The draft directive grants draconian powers to ENISA and to member states which would greatly exceed those under existing EU law and which now have been challenged successfully in the constitutional course of several member states. ENISA and the national agencies will have access to sufficient information from almost everyone online.
“That is completely unacceptable as it would violate the constitutions of many member states.”
A spokesman for the Government said: “We are generally supportive of the objective but need to study it in detail before making any final judgement.”
But a spokesman for Britain’s Information Commissioner said they would fight to protect our privacy online.
He said: “Any measures to improve cyber security should not be at the unnecessary expense of people’s privacy in this country.
“We will be looking at the recently announced directive and working with other EU data protection authorities to ensure measures are consistent with data-protection legislation.”
WATCHING YOU: EU snoops plan to
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