Re: content v traffic
Unfortunately it is what the bill proposes, as I've noticed they are frequently swapping terms between communication data, usage data, subscriber data.
(a) in relation to a telecommunications operator,
telecommunications service or telecommunication system,
(i) anything comprising speech, music, sounds, visual
images or data of any description, and
(ii) signals serving either for the impartation of anything
between persons, between a person and a thing or
between things or for the actuation or control of any
And no I don't believe they already do that, bottom line is majority of services already provide traffic information anyway, this bill is about the content the only difference will be that the content will be available immediately with authorization from a senior police officer, judge or the home secretary.
Traffic data will be available to a number of people without the need for authorization which it would currently require under RIPA, presently traffic data can be requested but whether the actual content is available is dependent on the organization involved.
If you were only logging the start and end point it would be useless, connect over SSL to an email service or proxy with no logging and in a country with no arrangements with the UK and you could do as you please all they would knows is where you connected and that's exactly what they can do under RIPA and where they say the system is failing.
They've also crafted clauses into the bill that will allow the gov to quite easily extend these powers later simply by tabling a resolution through the houses at a later stage without public consultation.