UK Legislation Seeks Ability to Access Phone Calls, E-Mail, Web History of Citizens
April 2, 2012 11:08 AM
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
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.
"This is from the DailyTech.com. It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh
Michigan Teacher's Aide Suspended for Refusing Employer's Request for Facebook Access
April 2, 2012, 10:09 AM
Google plans ultra-fast wireless Internet for Research Triangle Park, N.C.
August 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Most Popular Articles
Problems with Windows 10 – Update Now
October 15, 2016, 7:30 AM
Is Razer Blade Stealth Laptop For You?
October 16, 2016, 5:00 AM
Bluetooth Saves Lives
October 16, 2016, 7:05 AM
Innovative Neurotechnology in Sound Therapy Reduces High Blood Pressure and Migraines
October 16, 2016, 5:00 AM
Car Insurance - The Hidden Discriminatory Practise
October 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Tips to Prevent Smartphones From Overheating:
Oct 22, 2016, 5:00 AM
Nasa Flies Drones at Nevada Airport
Oct 21, 2016, 8:21 AM
T-Mobile Data Problems
Oct 20, 2016, 10:17 AM
Annoying Apple Watch Problems and How to Fix Them
Oct 20, 2016, 5:00 AM
Your Mail May Soon Be Delivered By Robot
Oct 19, 2016, 9:34 AM
2018 Jeep Wrangler Prototype Sells At Junkyard
Oct 18, 2016, 5:00 AM
Samsung Shines with Gold Edition Tablet
Oct 17, 2016, 9:24 AM
Tesla Hints Mysterious Product Debut for October 17th
Oct 16, 2016, 10:14 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones on US flights
Oct 15, 2016, 5:00 AM
Comcast Fined $2.3 Million For Unconfirmed Services Charged To Customers
Oct 14, 2016, 5:00 AM
“American singer / songwriter “Bob Dylan is awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oct 13, 2016, 10:33 AM
Battery Defect in Medical Device
Oct 12, 2016, 5:00 AM
IBM Bolsters Social Services Sector With Technology Grants
Oct 11, 2016, 5:00 AM
Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate but US Still Toys With Skepticism
Oct 10, 2016, 5:00 AM
IMEX America Trade Show
Oct 9, 2016, 10:00 AM
Phone Wars – Google VS Samsung Free Gifts on Purchase
Oct 6, 2016, 5:00 AM
Member of Parliament’s opposition car exploded in Tbilist capital of Georgia
Oct 5, 2016, 2:52 PM
US Government Cuts Cord On Internet Oversight
Oct 3, 2016, 10:34 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information