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Police to be given new powers to seize Internet data

Police are to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspected terrorists and paedophiles.

Police are set to get powers to force internet firms to hand over details. Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to individual users.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the measure would boost national security.

She said: "The Bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap.

"It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the Communications Data Bill until we get the changes we need."

However, the Lib Dems insisted that legislation - branded the "Snooper's Charter" - was "dead and buried".


Tougher measures for 'trolling' announced last month

Tougher penalties for those convicted of online 'trolling' were announced by a government minister at the end of September.

The changes set out by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in today's Mail on Sunday have been long-standing government policy, with Justice minister Lord Faulks confirming this in a speech on September 25th.

The proposals are the work of Tory backbencher Angie Bray, who tabled an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill in March.

MP who faced trolling sceptical over new laws

Internet 'trolls' could face a maximum sentence of two years in jail under tougher new legislation.

The amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill would mean the most serious cases could be tried in the Crown Court, where sentences could be four times the current maximum of six months.

But a Labour MP who has been a victim of trolling told ITV News the police should be making better use of existing laws to crack down on abuse and harassment.

ITV News Correspondent Ronke Phillips reports.

Chloe Madeley: Twitter rape threats were terrifying

Chloe Madeley says was left frightened by the threats she received on social media in the wake of her mother's controversial comments about convicted rapist Ched Evans.

In a statement to ITV News, the TV presenter welcomed proposals for tougher sentences for internet trolls but warned more needed to be done to combat the "persistent" abuse.

I have been abused on social media for years, yet I have never taken it seriously as I agree that once you decide to enter the public eye, you are fair game.

However, threats of any kind must not be interpreted as freedom of speech.

Threatening to harm others is extreme and crosses the line of personal opinion into criminal behaviour. The tweets I received this week were frightening, persistent, violent and sadly, far too easy to make on a public forum. I am pleased the government are now talking about ways to deter trolls, and quadrupling the sentencing is a good place to start.

– Chloe Madeley

Grayling: 'Internet trolls are poisoning our national life'

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has pledged to deliver stronger sentences against internet trolls who are "poisoning our national life".

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. Credit: PA Wire

Unveiling plans to jail offenders for up to two years, Grayling told the Mail on Sunday: "These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life.

"No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media.

"That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence."

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