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UK Government proposals to monitor email and web use of EVERYONE in Britain

Government to monitor email and web use of EVERYONE in Britain


Apr 2 2012



NEW ‘Big Brother’-style laws will let the Government monitor the calls, emails, texts and website use of everybody in Britain.


Internet firms will be forced to give the Government’s intelligence agency GCHQ access to anyone’s communications.


The Home Office said it will strike a major blow against terrorism
but civil liberty groups and others have heavily criticised the move.
Tory MP David Davis branded it “an unnecessary extension of the ability of the State to snoop on ordinary people”.


Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group,
called the move “an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the
same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran”.
And Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: “It is a pretty drastic step in what is supposed to be a democracy.”


Attempts by the last Labour government to take similar steps failed after huge opposition, including from the Tories.


The new law, likely to be announced in the Queen’s Speech in May
would not allow GCHQ unprecedented access without a warrant. But
intelligence officers would be allowed to examine material if someone
came under suspicion.
In a statement, the Home Office said it was needed “to maintain the
continued availability of communications data as technology changes”.
It added: “It is vital police and security services can obtain
communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious
crime and terrorism.”
But Mr Davis, the former shadow Home Secretary, said the government would be able to “eavesdrop on vast numbers of people”.


He added: “This is not focusing on terrorists or criminals, it’s absolutely everybody’s emails, phone calls and web access.”


Any new announcement would have to be passed in Parliament and could
face strong opposition from the Commons and the House of Lords.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2012/04/02/government-to-monitor-email-and-web-use-of-everyone-in-britain-86908-23810340/


Added: Apr-2-2012 
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  • Looks like we're heading down the same road as the Americans and the Patriot Act...

    Centuries of political evolution and hard-won liberties flushed down the toilet because of a few mad Arabs...great

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  • I've already heard the 'if you haven't got anything to hide' brigade which is like saying 'here, take these rights away, I wasn't using them anyway'. The mantra of 'terrorism' rears it's ugly head yet again - and we know who causes most of that.

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    • @thecleaner001 Yes, incredible how many Brits utter that nonsense...

      you'd have to have zero knowledge or appreciation of our countries long, long history of establishing liberties and rights to feel that way
      An Englishman trading in his rights for nothing should be a contradiction in terms...

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  • The "Nothing to hide, nothing to Fear" model is being overlooked here. I don't have anything to hide but if i suddenly want to type "You're a sexbomb" to my girlfriend i don't want Gov reading my whole conversation to rule out that i'm a vaginal terrorist.

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  • "NEW ‘Big Brother’-style laws will let the Government monitor the calls, emails, texts and website use of everybody in Britain."

    Duh, like they needed a law to do that, if interested in you (for whatever reason), they were already doing it.

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  • a tiny island with 1/5 of the worlds cctv cameras

    now this? I live in the biggest police state in the world

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  • the only thing that worry's me is that credit card details and personal stuff about your lifestyle and what you buy and like, as in websites and stuff will be seen thus they will be profiling you even though your innocent. like sharing naked pics and stuff will be on show(i don't want them seeing my penis!) if i was into that thing... its very un pleasant thinking that some shady bastard who works at a intelligence firm is seeing stuff they don't need to , but if it cracks down on kiddy fiddler More..

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  • Thanks America for this, we have it in Sweden now to,
    Stasi Nazi EU!

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  • Yeah, this wont work for smart criminals.
    Just use a proxy and encryption.

    This is not to stop terrorism, its to take your rights as people away from you.

    Government is getting too big. It must be squashed like the blood sucking parasite it is.

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  • pedophiles and muslims beware...that probably accounts for half of england

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  • I like to think its a simple as this,if the majority rule why doesnt the British public organise themselves,start a petition and vote against this invasion of privacy before we get any closer to a policed state.

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  • So, they are going to legitimitize what they already do.

    Big deal.

    Privacy, shivacy! Only the people with something to hide want to deny authorities an opportunity to see what is hiding in their closets.

    Have at 'er, boys!

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  • Say hello to democracy! They preparing for some social protests? I was sure that UK is already under the most surveillance than any other country.

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    • @fido321 It's a big step in the wrong direction.
      Having an independent Judge give a warrant is the bedrock of separation of powers under which Western Democracies have always operated.

      Any thing done by the State's security organs that removes Judicial oversight is a regressive step

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  • holy hell.

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  • George Orwell "1984" in real live.

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  • they should only monitor emails and internet activity of muslims.

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  • If you are doing nothing wrong what is there to worry about. Monitor everything if it means keeping me safe.

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