Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law
Plans to keep a record of UK citizens’ online activities face a challenge from tech firms seeking to offer ways to hide people’s browser histories.
Internet providers will soon be required to record which services their customers’ devices connect to – including websites and messaging apps.
The Home Office says it will help combat terrorism, but critics have described it as a “snoopers’ charter”.
Critics of the law have said hackers could get access to the records.
“It only takes one bad actor to go in there and get the entire database,” said James Blessing, chairman of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (Ispa), which represents BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and others.
“You can try every conceivable thing in the entire world to [protect it] but somebody will still outsmart you.