Today, the UK government has published a report on digital privacy supporting the compulsory mass collection of data for both domestic and “extra-territorial” web traffic.
The government tasked David Anderson, an independent UK lawyer, to investigate how the country’s anti-terrorism and espionage laws work in practice and what needs to change. The report titled A Question of Trust supports the bulk collection of internet traffic and user data, including information held on servers outside of the UK.
An excerpt reads:
“Pending a longer-term and more satisfactory solution, the extraterritorial effect in DRIPA s4 should be maintained.”
The “extra-territorial effect” is later described as follows:
“In respect of interception warrants, under RIPA s11(4), any person is obliged to take steps to give effect to a warrant served on them whether or not the person is in the United Kingdom.”
The report acts as a green-light for the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 (DRIPA2014), often dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter.”
The DRIPA 2014 bill has previously been blocked by the left-wing coalition partners in the last UK government. However, now with the 2015 election restoring a