NordVPN, which provides encryption services to clients worldwide, has seen an increase in inquiries from British Internet users as UK Investigatory Powers Bill (otherwise known as Snoopers’ Charter) passes through the House of Commons. The bill now only has to pass through the House of Lords in order to be signed into law.
Similarly, NordVPN has already seen its users in Australia grow fivefold after Australian government started enforcing data retention law on October 13, 2015. The company predicts a similar frenzy to get encrypted in Britain as well.
Opening a door for government to access web browsing data and metadata would make everyone’s online activity vulnerable as the open gap can be easily accessible to hackers, fraudsters, system dysfunctions and so on. - MARTY P. KAMDEN, CMO
Through collection of metadata, a full profile of someone’s online habits, preference patterns and personal details can be created. If any of the companies (ISPs & Telcos) or government agencies mishandles Internet user information, the cybersecurity breach can become a huge and costly fiasco. With so many stakeholders involved, the likelihood of mishandled data is quite high, as are the repercussions.
In addition, if the Bill is signed into law, communications companies will be legally bound to help access peoples’ mobile devices and computers. Agencies will be allowed to interfere with electronic devices to help collect information from a device. Investigatory Powers Commissioner will be appointed to keep police and police services in check, making IP Bill managers the superior authority.
Since Internet-enabled devices might soon be significantly less secure, more users than ever are searching to find ways to strengthen their online privacy and protection. Many become first-time subscribers to VPNs that offer a superior level of data encryption, going beyond the device’s built-in protections, which might soon be weakened even further.
VPN – such as NordVPN - encrypts user ’s data through a secure tunnel before accessing the Internet. This protects any sensitive information about one’s location by hiding an IP address. Virtual Private Networks connect a user to Internet through an alternative path. The only information visible is that a user is connected to a VPN server and nothing more. All other information is encrypted by the VPN’s protocol. This is handy when a user doesn’t want their real IP traced back to them.
NordVPN, like many other VPN service providers, believes in free Internet and online privacy, and feels that instead of weakening online encryption, it should spread massively and be available to all online users not only through their tech devices, but also through VPNs.
For Brits who prefer to keep their online activities private and secure from breaches and hackings due to the “Snoopers’ Charter,” NordVPN recommends getting a VPN, as the government surveillance might start sooner than most think. The government hopes it will win the backing by the House of Lords this autumn.
Please refer to NordVPN’s blog post on UK Investigatory Powers Bill Take 2 for more information.