A Snooper's Charter and the future of Freedom

Labour's Legacy, the future of Freedom

Loz Kaye commented on the lack of respect for liberties the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides and questions whether the opposition will fight against such legislation.

"Many of the justifications for CDB include 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'. We know that the truth is that with CDB everyone has something to fear. It is also pointed out that this is the continuation of a Labour policy and so seems to have the support of all three main parties."

"The Communications Data Bill will create a mass surveillance scheme for the UK. It is a plan that comes from the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism and is related to the Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) that was planned by Labour before 2010"

"Without effective opposition in Parliament CDB could become law, even with its flaws. This would be an opportunity for Labour to turn its back on its authoritarian stances that proved to be both flawed and unpopular. From DNA databases and council snooping through to ID cards, the British public have said no to more state surveillance and monitoring."

"These data will be at risk from misuse and abuse from hackers. The CDB will extend the breadth of communications to be monitored massively and, since it will cost billions, it does not balance our security needs with our need for freedom or value for money. I can only hope that the Labour Party will change their position on this kind of monitoring and embrace civil liberties"

Loz Kaye
Party Leader
Pirate Party UK

Friday, 15 June, 2012 - 11:00
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