No Snoopers' Charter

Last year, Liberal Democrats blocked Tory plans to introduce a "Snoopers' Charter" - legislation which would see your Internet Service Provider obliged to keep records on all sites visited by you, and all their other customers.

Now the Tories have said that they will introduce this if they form a majority government after the next election.

Stephen Williams and the Liberal Democrats believe that such a move would be a gross invasion of your personal freedoms and would be a disproportionate response to threats of terrorism. Our Justice spokesperson, Simon Hughes, has summed it up:

“The idea that you protect free speech by spying on every law-abiding person in this country is a contradiction in terms. You can’t have an open society if you are constantly worried that the state is prying into your daily life.”

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  • signed 2015-04-10 21:01:29 +0100
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  • signed 2015-02-06 14:22:39 +0000
    surely terrorism is an exception to the rule about privacy rights?
  • signed 2015-02-03 14:10:36 +0000
  • signed 2015-02-02 19:56:57 +0000
    It’s not so much the ‘snooping’ that bothers me. Monitoring every website visited by everyone in the country would be counter-productive – there would be too much data to analyse and it would only serve to overstretch our security resources. It might provide evidence after an incident has happened but I fail to see how this would prevent one in the first place.
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  • signed 2015-01-29 21:21:03 +0000
    Considering that the post can’t be effectively monitored, and the sheer quantity of data that ISPs are being asked to monitor, this seems like a piece of legislation purely to pull the wool over the eyes of those that have been driven to terror by the anti-terror agenda.
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  • signed 2015-01-27 10:20:16 +0000
    Really glad to see you are opposing this assault on all our freedoms.
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    I've said NO to a Snoopers' Charter - will you?
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