Home Office email surveillance

Reacting to further reports of plans to legislate for new online surveillance capabilities, Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group said:

“Of course the security services should be able to get a warrant to monitor genuine suspects.

“But blanket collection, without suspicion, or powers to compel companies to hand over data on the say-so of a police officer would be very wrong.

“The saga of complicity between senior police officers and Murdoch’s journalists should tell us how vulnerable people’s privacy can be. The government should stand by the commitments both parties made before the election to protect our privacy.”