Civil liberties group criticizes government plan to monitor calls, emails, text and websites in UK
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Civil liberties group criticizes government plan to monitor calls, emails, text and websites in UK

London : United Kingdom | Apr 02, 2012 at 7:53 AM PDT
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A proposed new law, which would allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be able to monitor the calls, emails, text messages and website visits of everyone in the UK has been criticized by civil liberties groups and gathered huge opposition from Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, including Tory MP David Davis who called it "an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people," BBC said.

But the Home Office said the move was ‘key to tackling crime and terrorism.’Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire said the proposal was not for "some great big government snooping exercise", but a change designed to allow police officers to "continue to solve crime."

Nick Pickles, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, called the move "an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran."

The Internet Service Providers Association said any change in the law must be "proportionate, respect freedom of expression and the privacy of users."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17580906

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The latest government plans have been opposed by civil liberties groups and now a growing number of Tory MPs
The latest government plans have been opposed by civil liberties groups and now a growing number of Tory MPs
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