Steve Responds to Internet Snooping Proposals

(April 27, 2012)

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Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram has responded to the news that the Government are set to introduce proposals that could see every email, text and telephone exhange recorded for "security purposes."

Steve, who has been focusing on internet laws in recent months said, "I am concerned that we have very little information on what the Government is actually planning, or why they want to do this.

"Ministers need to explain rapidly and in complete terms what they want to do in terms of internet surveillance, and crucially, why. National security and personal privacy are too important to be left to rumours and rows.

"The police and security services need to be able to keep up with new technology to deal with serious issues including disrupting terrorist planning, catching paedophile rings or cracking down on organised crime.

"But there also need to be strong safeguards to protect people’s privacy. We need clear checks and balances on what the police, security services or the government are able to do, so that privacy and security are both protected and so that public confidence and trust in the system is upheld. For example most of us would be strongly opposed to the idea of police officers or intelligence agencies being able to browse the content of everyone's emails.

"I also believe that any government proposals need proper consultation and scrutiny so that we can have a proper public debate on any new plans."

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