Sunday, April 22, 2012

Internet surveillance in Britain

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to unveil sweeping legal reforms to give police and security forces the power to monitor all digital communications and establish special courts that can review top secret intelligence information. This move to increase Internet surveillance is threatening to destroy the country’s ruling coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, has written a letter to fellow cabinet ministers on the National Security Council warning them the security services "cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the principle of open justice."

However Britain has international criminals, terrorists, and cyber crime on its radar with the new powers of Internet surveillance. A spokesman said, "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."

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