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Why will UK web supersnoop plan cost £1.8bn? That’s a secret – The Register


Anyway this is gov IT, we’ve got no idea what it’ll cost

The Home Office has refused to fully justify the £1.8bn price tag attached to its contentious draft Communications Data Bill, which if passed will massively increase online surveillance of UK citizens.

In response to a Freedom of Information request from Zoe O’Connell, who regularly blogs about the bill, the Home Office argued that it needed plenty of wiggle room with its figures: for example, the cost per megabyte to record Brits’ online activities will decrease and internet traffic is soaring.

But the government department declined to produce documents used to calculate the estimated £1.8bn to build and run Home Secretary Theresa May’s proposed web snooping system. Whitehall officials said showing their workings will “pose an unacceptable risk to the ability of the UK to safeguard national security” and “disclosure of this could be used to avoid detection”.

MPs and peers scrutinising the bill have been told Blighty’s spy chiefs, who demanded new systems to snoop on internet communications in the UK, are out of touch with how quickly the tech needs to be updated.

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