Supporters say the legislation is to fight terrorism, opponents say it's too invasive

While some in the United States are worrying about handing over their Facebook login credentials to employers, UK citizens have an even tougher battle looming. Some in the UK government want freer access to the e-mails, text messages, phone calls, and websites that UK citizens visit. Under a pending legislation, internet firms in the UK would be required to provide the UK intelligence agency GCHQ access to these communications in real-time, on-demand.
Supporters of the legislation say that the access to the communications is needed to fight crime and terrorism according to the BBC.
Those in the UK government that oppose the legislation say that it simply gives the government easier access to snoop and spy on citizens. Tory MP David Davis called it "an unnecessary extension of the ability of the state to snoop on ordinary people."
GCHQ would still need a warrant to access the content of e-mails and phone calls. 
“It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public," a spokesman for The Home Office said.
"As set out in the Strategic Defense and Security Review we will legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows to ensure that the use of communications data is compatible with the government's approach to civil liberties."
Conservative MP David Davis is against the legislation saying that it would simply make it easier for the government "to eavesdrop on vast numbers of people."
The legislation would require all that data to be recorded for two years. Davis said, "What this is talking about doing is not focusing on terrorists or criminals, it's absolutely everybody's emails, phone calls, web access. All that's got to be recorded for two years and the government will be able to get at it with no by your leave from anybody."
The legislation will be announced in the Queen's Speech, but it would still have to make it through Parliament and is expected to face opposition in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Source: BBC

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