Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, the campaign group, believes there are few precedents for what the coalition proposes, stating that it would necessitate the use of “deep packet inspection technology”. Some broadband providers deploy this technology to track the browsing habits of their own consumers, but not normally at the state’s behest.
“It’s honestly bizarre when you look at it because there are very, very few countries that do this,” Mr King said. “China does it but in limited circumstances and only in some regions. The only countries which use this regularly are Iran and Kazakhstan.”