Government Caving on Snoopers' Charter – Still Much to be Done

In what would be a humiliating climbdown for Theresa May cracks opened up again in the coalition on civil liberties. In a U-turn from his appearance in favour of the CDB on the BBC Today programme Nick Clegg announced "that is not necessarily workable or proportional so it's not going to happen".

The Communications Data Bill, better known as the ”Snoopers' Charter” has been widely criticised by the Pirate Party and other campaigners as being an unnecessary attack on the privacy of British citizens. It threatened to track communication by email, phone, web use, even gaming chat in blanket surveillance.

It still remains to be seen what will be announced in the Queen's Speech.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

”This proposal should never have come forward in the first place, it would turn us all from citizens in to suspects. I hope this is indeed the good news we are promised. Let's wait for the final evidence, you'll forgive me for being sceptical about LibDem pledges.

The death of the Snoopers' Charter would be a great victory for digital rights activists. That the Government are prepared to listen shows our growing strength. It's clear that attacking the free Internet and people's privacy is becoming more and more unacceptable politically.

Even so, the digital rights to-do list remains way too long.

We need to see the Digital Economy Act dumped, opposition to Cameron's unworkable idea for public WiFi filters, an end to site blocking, real investment in infrastructure, and action to get those left behind online.”

Thursday, 25 April, 2013 - 15:15
Loz Kaye
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