Living in the UK? Here's a list of everyone who can view your browsing history

Last week the Orwellian 'Snoopers Charter' passed in the House of Lords and will therefore soon become law in the United Kingdom. It's safe to say that this law is an all-round privacy disaster as it provides the British government with an unprecedented amount of power when it comes to spying on it's citizens' online behaviour.

Amongst other things, the law requires that Internet Service Providers keep a record of all the websites that their customers visit for up to one year. This information can in turn be accessed by a whole host of British public agencies.

Blogger Chris Yiu has compiled a list of all agencies within the UK who will soon be able to access your browsing history. So we thought we'd share it with you here, the results are pretty scary:

  • Metropolitan Police Force
  • City of London police force
  • Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
  • Police Service of Scotland
  • Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • British Transport Police
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Royal Navy Police
  • Royal Military Police
  • Royal Air Force Police
  • Security Service
  • Secret Intelligence Service
  • GCHQ
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department of Health
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Crime Agency
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
  • Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
  • Competition and Markets Authority
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
  • Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
  • Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Food Standards Scotland
  • Gambling Commission
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
  • Information Commissioner
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
  • Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
  • Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
  • Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
  • Scottish Ambulance Service Board
  • Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

Don't understand why the NHS Business services need to know your every move online? Or maybe you don't think it's necessary for the Food Standards Agency to know you watch porn? Unfortunately the only way that Brits can now stay private from the government (and any hacker who is able to gain access to their new database) is to download a VPN. For more information head over to the ZenMate website where we have lots of information on how you can now stay private and secure online.