By Stewart Mitchell -11 Dec 2012 - pcpro
The Communications Data Bill - the so-called "snooper's charter" - needs to be significantly revised, according to a committee comprised of MPs and Lords.
The Communications Data Bill would expand the ability of the police and security services to access information about surfing and email activities, requiring ISPs to store email header information - but not content - and other communications data.
The "snooper's charter" has been criticised by rights campaigners, but the Lords committee report is a significant blow to the Home Office's plans to expand surveillance powers on the internet.
Although the committee accepted the need for better access to online data records, the report said the plans had been poorly researched, posed a threat to privacy, and could end up costing far more than the £1.8bn budgeted for the scheme.http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/378598/mps-snoopers-charter-is-overkill