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Most Britons back mass internet surveillance, claims survey

The recent spate of terror attacks may have flipped public opinion in favour of the Investigatory Powers Bill, claims Broadband Genie

The recent terror attacks in France and the US appear to have shifted the opinion of over a quarter of Britons, to support the government’s plans for far-reaching internet surveillance, according to figures produced by broadband comparison site Broadband Genie.

If true, this means  63% of Brits are now in favour of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which aims to establish a framework for how law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies use investigatory powers.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill – which has attracted heavy criticism from the technology industry – includes provisions for the interception and retention of communications data, the use of equipment interference and the acquisition of bulk data for wider analysis.

But despite the swing in support, 67% of people do not trust their communications service provider to adequately secure the data about them that may or may not end up being collected.

People were more prepared to put their trust in the police and intelligence agencies to keep their web history data secure than they were in the government, employers or local councils, said Broadband Genie.

“The public are quite rightly concerned with their web history being stored by service providers, especially considering the high-profile attacks on TalkTalk and Vodafone last year,” said Broadband Genie head of strategy, Rob Hilborn.

“It’s imperative the government addresses how it plans to minimise the risk of this sensitive personal information being stolen.”

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