The bill was slammed as potentially disastrous and an affront to personal privacies by the opposition since it was introduced. The legislation is currently being revised by a commission of MPs after a torrent of criticism over the scope of the law. Prime Minister David Cameron received a letter from cyber security experts on Monday, calling the bill overly expensive with the potential to stifle innovation and undermine personal privacies,The Times. " As a society, it would be stupid to build the infrastructure that could be used to oppress us, ” Ben Hammersley, a Number 10 Downing Street tech advisor, toldTank Magazine. “The fact that we don’t know who is going to be in charge in 10 years’ time means that we shouldn’t give them free toys to play with. " The draft bill has been championed by Home Secretary Theresa May, who described it as vital in combating pedophiles, fraudsters and extremists. However, civil liberties groups condemn the legislation as a step too far and have branded it as a “snoopers’ charter. ” The plans outlined in the bill would oblige internet providers to store web browsing history, details of messages sent over social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter and voice calls made over the web. The legislation stipulates that this information should be retained for a year and would allow police access to it without asking permission if they are investigating a crime.
Britain’s draft Communications Data bill that could allow the government to keep tabs on emails and Skype is being reviewed after a wave of criticism.