February 19, 2012 | Jim Killock

Email and Internet spy plans revived by Coalition

Responding to confirmation that Labour’s plans to intercept Internet traffic and store details of who we talk to online, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:

“Labour’s online surveillance plans have hardly changed but have been rebranded. They are just as intrusive and offensive.

“The coalition opposed Labour’s plans in opposition . Now, despite civil liberties commitments from Conservatives and Lib Dems, Home Office officials are planning to push through the same online surveillance capabilities.

“They are not telling Parliament, and hope they can slip commitments to build these new surveillance plans before the politicians really know what they are proposing.

“The plans are a huge waste of time and money, as well as being a huge intrusion on our civil liberties. Online government surveillance is the last thing we need right now.”

BACKGROUND

For a simple timeline and list of the main issues with the Communications Capabilities Development Plan,

http://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Communications_Capabilities_Development_Programme

Telegraph article: Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9090617/Phone-and-email-records-to-be-stored-in-new-spy-plan.html