MP David Davis calling for a re-write of the proposed Snooping Charter bill

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by KCFM

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The Haltemprice and Howden MP is concerned of the implications the bill would have, if approved.

MP David Davis has called for a rewrite of the proposed Snoopers Charter.

If approved, the bill would allow internet and mobile service providers to access records of people’s activity online in a bid to prevent terrorism.

The MP for Haltemprice and Howden want’s to see changes to the legislation and believes judges approval should be necessary:

“There is not a strong argument for the so-called surveillance gap that they have. They haven’t made their case. Secondly these things should be subject to prior approval by judges.”

He wants a judge’s approval to be part of the changes and warns that giving too much power to the government could become oppressive:

“The simple truth is that we have lived in a society for centuries in which what the government can poke it’s nose into has been limited. Giving too much power to snooping into peoples lives, it makes the relationship between the state and ordinary people too oppressive.”

Mr Davis says without changes, the charter could lead to misuse of information by officials:

“What happens if everybody’s telephone conversations are in the hands of the state? It won’t just be the state misusing it, it could also be the officials that see them. We’ve seen this time and time again. Officials get a piece of information and then they use it for something else.”

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Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by KCFM

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