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Tracking terrorists online might invade your privacy

By Peter Ray Allison 9th August 2017 in 

The Investigatory Powers Act replaced parts of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and
expanded the surveillance powers to include all forms of communications. “It is legislating their existing powers so they could be regulated and there could be some  oversight of what they are doing,” says Monica Horten, a  visiting fellow for the London School of Economics.

This record of online behaviour provides telling information of who the subject is and  what they do. Repeated visits to the NHS website would indicate a person with  medical concerns, whilst visiting a particular bank indicates where they keep their  money. “The amount of data they are collecting is quite a lot and the picture they  can build up using the metadata is quite significant,” says Horten. “They can build up a picture of you and your lifestyle.”

Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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