Though it's clear that the Police should have some power to 'snoop', accessing things like social media messages and browsing history is just as intrusive as phone tapping or physical surveillance. We're protected from the latter by stringent safeguards, but I'm concerned that the same protection won't apply to online activities. Phone taps and physical surveillance are resource intensive and have to be pro-actively put into place. Conversely, monitoring Internet activity can be carried out indiscriminately and en masse, and made available on demand. Though firm details don't seem to be available, the presentation suggests that the legal safeguards will not be at the same level. It's very easy to say "nothing to hide, nothing to fear", but there are a huge number of ways in which this could be abused. For example: Profiling The logical conclusion of access to this much data is profiling. That is, grouping and risk-scoring people based on their search history and online behaviour. Security If you're so inclined, you can approach a security company and obtain records from the Police National Computer for a few hundred quid. If you could also obtain social media messages and browsing history, the potential for blackmail, character assassination and various other nefarious activities is huge. Digging up Dirt The fact is that we all break the law at some point. The system works because it's not possible to detect every crime and most go unnoticed. However, with enough information, there isn't a person on this forum who would be safe from prosecution. Given the very small number of terrorist incidents that have occurred in the UK in recent years, and the fact that this won't in itself stop them from happening again, is this legislation necessary or in any way proportionate to the threat?