Theresa May Backs 'Snooper's Charter' Powers

Theresa May has said it is "essential" that intelligence agencies have greater access to communications data following the murder of off-duty soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

The Home Secretary said law enforcement agencies must be given the "tools they need" to track down terrorists before they can launch attacks.

Plans in a draft bill published last year would have given agencies including the police and intelligence services access to information including individuals' web browsing history and social media messages.

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Though it's clear that the Police should have some power to 'snoop', accessing things like social media messages and browsing history is just as intrusive as phone tapping or physical surveillance. We're protected from the latter by stringent safeguards, but I'm concerned that the same protection won't apply to online activities.

Phone taps and physical surveillance are resource intensive and have to be pro-actively put into place. Conversely, monitoring Internet activity can be carried out indiscriminately and en masse, and made available on demand. Though firm details don't seem to be available, the presentation suggests that the legal safeguards will not be at the same level.

It's very easy to say "nothing to hide, nothing to fear", but there are a huge number of ways in which this could be abused. For example:

The logical conclusion of access to this much data is profiling. That is, grouping and risk-scoring people based on their search history and online behaviour.

If you're so inclined, you can approach a security company and obtain records from the Police National Computer for a few hundred quid. If you could also obtain social media messages and browsing history, the potential for blackmail, character assassination and various other nefarious activities is huge.

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The fact is that we all break the law at some point. The system works because it's not possible to detect every crime and most go unnoticed. However, with enough information, there isn't a person on this forum who would be safe from prosecution.

Given the very small number of terrorist incidents that have occurred in the UK in recent years, and the fact that this won't in itself stop them from happening again, is this legislation necessary or in any way proportionate to the threat?
It's not so much the Police or security services having access, the original snooper plans would have allowed any arrse from the local Council to have access too. Has that element been dropped? Having the Council given access to calls and emails and social media is OTT if they're out to nab you for having one too many rubbish bags in the bin or a bag in the wrong bin or your dog crapped outside your gate.
It's almost enough to make a sane person buy some tin foil head wear, disconnect from the internet for good & find a cave to live out their days in off radar. It's all very Orwellian & not necessary.
I don't think this'll become Law as it stands. The Liberal Democrats have stated they'll remove themselves from the Coalition Government if this bill is introduced.
I'm all for government snooping and am hoping they will come round my place and find the remote control for my TV. I haven't seen it since Tuesday. And no, it's not down the back of the settee.
It's not so much the Police or security services having access, the original snooper plans would have allowed any arrse from the local Council to have access too. Has that element been dropped?
I'm not sure. If she's talking about the same bill they ditched a month ago, then no warrant is required and the information is available to all sorts of Government agencies.

Apologies for the link to Liberty, but they make the case much better and in more detail than I have:
Some humorous website did a pretend-story about his bill a while back, in which every time May is challenged she replies, 'Paedo 9/11.'

That seems to be current Tory policy.
If at all possible NEVER give authority any excuse to charge you or pry into your affairs; if the LA has the power to read your mail they will. Not because you might be an evil villain, but because they can. Covert surveillance to check if parents live in the address in the school catchment area? We can do it under terrorist enabled laws so we will.

Consider the gun laws and dangerous dogs act among the knee jerk laws which achieved nothing except to pull more people into the legal radar. This proposal would do little towards anti terrorism actions, but I suspect would be another nice little earner for ACPO to sell off more info.
I think this country is going down the shitter to be honest, this seems to be the final nail in the coffin of our hard won freedoms, and I don't like the ****ing tone of things in Britain nowadays.

i think I might pull a stage left exit to a country not as 'advanced' as our own (in cuntishness)!


You should have seen littles maddies face when I told her she couldnt have wireless in the cellar, so dissapointed.
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