An example of small government in the UK - Email and web use in the UK to be monitored according to new lawsSunday, April 01, 2012
The British government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.
Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.
It is not clear if this monitoring drive has been influenced by events in France of just the government deviating from it pledge to allow freedoms of expression. This is why civil liberties groups have criticised that plan.
If the action goes through and is successfully implemented, then it will show that the Conservatives in government are a huge collection of ‘hypocrites’ because similar attempt by the last Labour government failed after intense opposition, including from the Conservatives Tories.
In a statement, the British Home Office said action was needed to "maintain the continued availability of communications data as technology changes".
"It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public," a spokesman said according to the BBC.
Campaigners such as 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".
By Scancomark.se Team
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