Now foreign police forces can snoop on your emails and texts as part of Home Office's controversial 'snoopers' charter'.
Foreign police forces will be able to obtain details of the British public’s internet use, emails and text messages, it emerged last night.
In a controversial move, MPs were told that officials in Europe and the US will be able to take advantage of the Home Office’s proposed ‘snoopers’ charter’.
The information could be used for pursuing UK citizens for crimes which allegedly took place while they were on holiday or over the internet.
It will force internet service providers to keep the data of every website visit, email, text message and visit to Facebook or Skype for a minimum of 12 months.
Police and other government agencies will not be able to access the content of the emails or messages – but will know who was contacted, when and by what method.
The addresses of website visits – which build up a full picture of a person’s interests – will also be available.
Mrs May says the new regime is vital in the fight against terrorism, paedophiles and organised crime in the UK.
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