Taxman to eavesdrop on the web

HM Revenue and Customs, the UK’s tax collection agency, is to be given the right to demand Internet traffic data relating to businesses it believes to be acting fraudulently from Internet service providers (ISPs).

Provisions under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000 – originally developed to protect national security – are to be extended to cover HMRC following recommendations by the Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Paul Kennedy.

Kennedy said in a report that HMRC needs the ability to subpoena ISPs to help fight the growing threat of serious organised crime and tax fraud.

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Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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