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Two internet providers are tracking and collecting the websites visited by their customers as part of a secretive Home Office trial, designed to work out if a national bulk surveillance system would be useful for national security and law enforcement.

Details about the data collection experiment are limited, emerging via an obscure regulatory disclosure and a report in Wired, prompting campaigners to warn of a lack of transparency over data being “hoovered up into a surveillance net”.

Under the two trials, the Home Office is working with the National Crime Agency to harvest “internet connection records (ICRs)” – information about which websites a customer visited, when they did so and how much data they downloaded.

The metadata, as it is known, does not detail the specific pages visited on a given website, such as theguardian.com. But it can nevertheless point to a lot of personal information about an individual. That could include health or financial information, revealed because a browser visits a certain site or category of the site frequently.

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Details about the data collection experiment are limited - a fact that has fuelled complaints.Details about the data collection experiment are limited – a fact that has fuelled complaints. Photograph: Oktay Sonmez/Alamy

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/11/internet-providers-tracking-sites-we-visit-in-secretive-trial

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