Stephen Williams

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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