"As well as the police and security services, the very same powers will be available to local councils and the taxman... [Not according to Theresa May in her speech to Parliament today] And as with the old law [RIPA], the powers in the new snooper's charter will be available to 38 public bodies, for the purposes of `detecting or preventing crime`."
"But critics say the powers it would grant to government, police and security agencies licence them to invade the privacy of anyone in the country with little oversight to whether the snooping is justified..."
"History shows us governments can't be trusted with this much power. According to a report by Big Brother Watch, local councils committed data breaches, on average, four times a day over the last four years. That's council workers looking at people's private data illegally, for their own personal interest. Or putting personal information on laptops and leaving them on trains. "
"The security services will not be allowed to access web users' full browsing histories under new surveillance powers, Theresa May has insisted. The Home Secretary said it was `simply wrong` to suggest that new powers in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill to access `internet connection records` would allow the collection of someone's full web history. Mrs May said it would allow the likes of the police and GCHQ to know if someone has visited a social media website like Facebook - but not which pages they looked at, who they communicated with, or what they said."