No Snoopers’ Charter
Campaigning for an end to blanket surveillance of the entire population.
Why is No Snoopers’ Charter important?
How would you feel if the content of your emails, texts, calls, social media messages were routinely stored and processed by the Government and retained for future use? Well, it seems they are…
Now we learn that “emergency” legislation will be brought forward before Parliament’s summer recess, allowing the state to maintain its access to personal data held by internet and phone companies – despite the European Court of Justice judgment on data retention from April.
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LATEST – 10 July 2014: The Government has announced that “emergency” legislation will be brought forward before Parliament’s summer recess, allowing the state to maintain its access to personal data held by internet and phone companies – despite the European Court of Justice judgment on data retention from April. Find out more.
In June 2013 the Edward Snowden leaks revealed that GCHQ has access to the transatlantic cables carrying the world’s communications, is intercepting and processing billions of communications every day and sharing the information with the US.
This includes recordings of phone calls, content of email messages, social media entries and the history of an internet user’s access to websites. All without public acknowledgement.
The project – Tempora – has been in existence since the beginning of 2012. The leaks also suggest that the US authorities have similarly breathtaking and direct access to global communications via the world’s biggest internet companies. This secretive programme is known as PRISM and reports suggest that the UK also accesses this data.
In May 2013 the Draft Communications Data Bill was notable by its absence from the Queen’s Speech. It would have required internet and phone companies to retain records of our calls, emails, texts and web visits. It now appears those who failed to make the case for that Bill had already smuggled a more intrusive Snoopers’ Charter for blanket surveillance in through the back door.
Liberty has filed a claim against the British security services for their role in PRISM and Tempora. We will be campaigning for urgent amendment to the outdated laws governing surveillance and an end to blanket surveillance of the population.