Privacy is a rare thing these days. You can’t even cop off with some munter down your local high-street nightclub without someone making a video of it and posting it all over Facebook for the world and their granny to see.

Now most of us are now a little bit more careful about what services we access on public wi-fi. It’s not only the potential of a man-in-the-middle attack (where a third party can intercept your browsing data to uncover your passwords and dirty little secrets), but also the more obvious lack of privacy caused by the fact someone can see right over your shoulder.

But what about in your own home – is your own personal internet connection being compromised?

The UK government have just passed a bill which affects every single person in the UK who uses the internet. It requires Internet Service Providers to track and store all browsing history for every user! This includes the address of every website you visit!

Industry commentators are rightly concerned:

It’s a horrendous piece of legislation that will do no positive.

By now everyone must of seen the last ridiculous piece of technological legislation passed in without appropriate consultation the ‘cookie law’ you know the one that means you have to click accept every time you go to a new website. That was brought in to solve an issue it did nothing to address and all it’s done is add a stupid box to every website.

This is far worse though! They want all ISPs to store browsing history for every user. Why is this bad?

Because it’s not achievable!

…It also means that a cyber criminal only needs to hack your ISP and all your browsing history is exposed. The amount of storage required to achieve such a feat is likely to lead to exponential increases in the cost of delivering broadband too.

And the biggest kick in the teeth is yet to come…

Politicians are exempt from the bill!

We’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on that one!