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January 12, 2016updated 31 Aug 2016 10:27am

Two thirds of Brits support mass internet surveillance following recent terror strikes

News: Majority of people however do not trust their ISP's ability to safely store their data.

By CBR Staff Writer

A survey has claimed terror attacks in France and the US have pushed a quarter of the UK citizens to support the use of mass internet surveillance.

Broadband Genie polled 3,000 customers across the country on the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which is due to be voted on later this year.

According to the survey, 63% of those polled now support the bill, with 27% claiming their opinion has changed due to recent terror activities.

Despite the increase in support, 67% of people do not trust their internet service provider’s ability to safely store their browsing history.

Broadband Genie head of strategy Rob Hilborn said: "It’s imperative the government addresses how it plans to minimise the risk of this sensitive personal information being stolen."

The government, employers and local authorities have all received low trust scores from Broadband Genie customers with respect to the protection of access to web history data.

However, family members, the police, and intelligence agencies received above average trust scores, while majority of users said they were most comfortable sharing such data with their partner.

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Last week, US technology firms Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo urged the UK Government to reconsider its proposed new surveillance law, saying that it will have far reaching implications across the world.

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