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A short introduction to Lib Dem concerns over online snooping

I’ve written before about the Gateshead conference amendment about online snooping. The speech from Dr Jenny Woods on the amendment is now online, and it’s a great introduction to the issue:

The text of the amendment, passed by conference, reads:

a) ensuring that there shall be no interception of telephone calls, SMS messages, social media, internet or any other communications without named, specific and time-limited warrants;

b) guaranteeing that any communications data kept by service providers in accordance with the EU Data Retention Directive are kept securely by the service providers, and that they be only released to government bodies with strict and strengthened safeguards;

c) ensuring that service providers are not mandated by law to collect communications data by any method that would also provide access to content information, unless specifically authorised by a warrant;

d) ensuring that service providers are not mandated by law to collect third-party communications data for non-business purposes by any method;

e) renegotiating the EU Data Retention Directive and changing how it is implemented into UK law, to provide a better balance towards privacy.

You can sign Julian Huppert’s petition on the subject here.

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