OK... the crux of the matter is this; the Home Secretary (Ms. May) apparently wrote in a letter to MP James Cartlidge
(context unknown/unclear) the upcoming Investigative Powers Bill
would "support the effort of police to tackle cyber-bullying and trolling
" (what the DM and others are reporting) because Service Providers would be required to collect "interconnection records" to comply with the IPB.
Unfortunately for Ms May, that statement is an obfuscation at best, an outright lie at worst as the language and context of the IPB specifically deals with issues of National Security, data collection and use there-in
. Period. There are NO allowances
within the proposed law for collected data to be used OTHER THAN AS EXPLICITLY STATED, i.e. contextually that it should be done so; 1) in the interest of national security
, 2) for the prevention or detection of serious crime
and 3) safeguarding the economic well-being of the UK
. There are NO allowances
for data to be collected OR used without specific reason passed and authorised by a judge (an order from the (Office of the) Home Secretary signed off by a judge).
In other words, what the Home Secretary is suggesting is colossal over-reach
, one the proposed legislation does not grant the Office of HS the authority or support to do - the bill in fact even goes so far as to strengthen an over-sight committee to ensure operation complies to the letter of the (proposed) law - cyber-bullying and trolling has no business being conflated with issues of serious crime (fraud etc.) or National Security.