DO you want to be spied upon by the state?
The Government has published its draft Communications Data Bill for consideration by a joint committee of MPs and peers before taking it through Parliament in the normal way.
Because of EU law, since 2009 telecoms companies have had to store “header data” for a year. This means the details of which subscriber made a telephone call, sent an email, texted a message or visited a website, when, to where, and for how long.
Under the Bill the police and security services will be permitted to access such information without a warrant. Some experts maintain that it will be impossible to examine it without viewing the actual contents of the communication.
Moreover, at a time of austerity the Bill proposes to reimburse the companies for the cost of storage.
This is estimated at £1,800,000,000 over ten years, not allowing for VAT, inflation and depreciation.
Parliament has a clear choice: to urge the coalition to drop the bill and thus respect our privacy and freedom - or to acquiesce in a measure reminiscent of a police state.
UK Independence Party