Brus­sels spies get pow­ers to track ev­ery email you send and web­site you visit

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By RACHEL SPENCER

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

keep tracks on your on­line us­age

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