Cameron to increase government internet surveillance powers
As predicted by us at Neon Nettle Uk Prime Minister David Cameron is going to give greater Internet surveillance powers to intelligence agencies in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings – and the subsequent terror attacks.
David Cameron gave a speech in Nottingham today just four months ahead of the general election he said, “If I’m Prime Minister I will make sure it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that makes sure we do not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with each other.
“Are we going to allow a means of communication where it simply isn’t possible to do that? My answer to that question is ‘no we must not.'” But the cost of this legislation is the privacy of millions of people will be invaded. Something that the conservative party has wanted for years, the recent terror attacks are the perfect time to get the general public to accept it.
It has already been revealed that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) was able to spy on UK citizens through Google, Twitter and Facebook because of a loophole in the law. So what more do the intelligence agencies want?
The Tories plan to revive the communications data bill nicknamed the ‘snoopers charter’ that allows the government to store everything you do, from phone calls to internet gaming for 12 months. The practical application of this data hording is questionable, how could they possibly filter anything out of all that information.
Civil liberty advocates have warned that the government will use the massacre as an excuse to extend surveillance powers, Emma Carr director of Big Brother Watch said; “It is wholly unacceptable for this tragedy in Paris to be used as a means to call for a return of the snooper’s charter.
“It is the wrong solution and would divert resources from focussed surveillance operations at a time when the agencies are already struggling to cope with the volume of information available.” The breach of our privacy in this manner would be the final nail in the coffin, and is one more reason that #CameronMustGo.
By: Steve Thresher |@steventhresher on 12th January