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Monday, April 2, 2012

Conservatives push a Big Brother state

The new face of Big Brother


Big Brother is Back  -  A major expansion of the Government's power to monitor every e-mail, phone call and website visit of every person in the UK

  • The UK Conservative Party eagerly goose-steps into 1984.
  • Britain may adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran

Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in "real time", The Sunday Times reported.

A previous attempt to introduce a similar law was abandoned by the former Labour government in 2006 in the face of fierce opposition.

However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public.
The Home Office confirmed that ministers were intending to legislate "as soon as parliamentary time allows".
Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, said: "This is an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran."

(UK Telegraph)

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