The Pirate Party rejects Labour's attempt to amend the Investigatory Powers Bill. The bill is wrong in principle and dangerous in practice and should be scrapped.
Adrian Short, Pirate Party spokesperson, said:
"Andy Burnham's letter to the home secretary today shows just how closely Labour is prepared to work with the Tories to undermine the security and privacy of everyone in Britain.
"Burnham's hair-splitting over precisely who should have access to everyone's internet records and in which circumstances ignores the core principle that the state should not put the whole population under permanent surveillance. Citizens should not be treated as suspects.
"The Panama Leaks revealed yesterday are just the latest example showing that highly-sensitive data cannot be kept secure from leakers and hackers. The only safe approach is not to collect everyone's internet records in the first place.
"Collecting everyone's internet records isn't an effective way to prevent and detect serious crime. There's no good evidence to show that adding more hay to the haystack makes it easier to find the needle.
"Even with Labour's proposed amendments, the Investigatory Powers Bill remains a serious threat to the security and privacy of everyone in Britain. Andy Burnham should be joining us in fighting against the bill wholesale, not helping the Tories pass it into law."
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1. Andy Burnham's letter to the home secretary is available at: http://andyburnhammp.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/letter-to-home-secretary-on.html
2. The Investigatory Powers Bill is currently at the committee stage in the House of Commons. The Bill was passed on second reading on 15 March 2016. Labour abstained.