Stop the Snooper's Charter

web privacy imageThe Conservative government's Investigatory Powers Bill, known as the 'Snooper's Charter', officially became law this week, and will be introduced in 2017. The new law allows the government to store every record about your online life - such as what websites you visited from the privacy of your own home, regardless of whether you were searching for information on things such as your sexual or mental health, or anything else which you may think is a purely personal issue. This information will then be available to the Police, along with a wide ranging list of other organisations, without the need for a warrant, or you being informed that the information has been passed across. 

The Conservative government says this draconian new law is essential for security purposes, although these new measures have been widely opposed by experts, including the parliamentary committee set up to scrutinise the proposals. Theresa May originally tried to introduce these powers as Home Secretary during the coalition government, but was blocked by Nick Clegg. Being in majority government has now given her the opportunity she needed to push these through. The Labour Party also stood aside throughout the Bill's passage through Parliament and abstained on the final votes to allow the new law to pass. The Liberal Democrats voted against

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