April 25, 2013 | Jim Killock

Fatal Blow to the Snoopers' Charter?

Nick Clegg this morning announced on London's LBC radio that “What people dub the Snoopers' Charter, that's not going to happen”. He went on to say that mass snooping on citizens was “not either necessarily workable nor proportionate”. Your persistent campaigning has paid off and it looks like many of the proposals in the Communications Data Bill should be dropped from whatever emerges in the Queen's Speech.


We hope it is an end to the latest tranch of mass surveillance, however we are not going to let anything else slip in in a new form as it is clear the Home Office and the Conservatives still wish to see a watered down version of the Communications Data Bill appear.

If new proposals appear we'll be looking to check:

  1. That the request filter and data trawling engine is dropped
  2. That the data ISPs and CSPs are compelled to collect will be minimal
  3. That there is no easy way for the Government to compel new data sets to be created

We'll be keeping a close eye on the Queen's Speech to see if anything tries to be pushed through and we will not drop our close scrutiny.

This is a massive victory for Open Rights Group and our allies, and a great day to be an ORG supporter! Thank you for all your help in writing to MPs, challenging the Home Office and keeping the pressure on, making the campaign to stop the Snoopers' Charter a success.

We hope to see you at ORGCon!

Comments (5)

  1. veganpanda:
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Patrick Wintour said "Snoopers charter is not going to happen says Clegg not proportionate or necessary. Looking at middle way such as ip address for each mobile"

    So maybe it's not good news yet?!!

  2. antonjw:
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    perhaps they are taking a more pragmatic approach? the US House has passed CISPA just this week. we are moving away from email to social networks. all the main social networks that we use are US-based. CISPA will allow the US authorities to collect as much data as they require on us.

    the UK government then only has to work closely with its US counterparts - completely behind closed doors.

    perhaps we should be turning our attention towards CISPA, and the international consequences of this legislation?

  3. veganpanda:
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I agree with you about CISPA, but what can we do?? On 22nd of April I was told to go offline on 22nd April as a protest to stop CISPA (which I did), when I went back online on the 23rd I noticed that hardly anyone took part so I lost out on a days emails, etc & CISPA got through anyway, for nothing!!

    I'm so confused and yet want so much to do the right thing/s!

  4. Anon:
    Apr 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    can you tell me is approved by Obama, how cispa could effect the UK in anyway, as our Government are obviously tucked up in bed with them ?

  5. veganpanda:
    Apr 25, 2013 at 01:22 PM

    Has anyone seen this? http://bit.ly/11TMsnE