UK's new 'data laws' on Internet snooping would 'amount to overkill'

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:41 hrs

The British Government has been accused of using 'fanciful and misleading' figures to back up its plans to give police and security services new powers to snoop on all emails, web visits and phone calls.

MPs and peers have warned that the proposed laws, which ministers argue are needed to allow investigators to keep pace with technological developments, go much further than is necessary and amount to overkill.

In a critical report, they called for the draft Communications Data Bill, which will mean Internet and phone companies are required to retain records of all communications for a year, to be substantially rewritten, reports.

According to the report, Home Secretary Theresa May would be given 'sweeping powers to issue secret notices' ordering communications companies to disclose 'potentially limitless categories of data', the joint committee scrutinising the proposals said.

Ministers argue that proposal, known as clause one, has been kept deliberately wide so it can be "future-proofed".

But the committee dismissed the argument and criticised the Government for failing to properly take account of the right to privacy, the report added. (ANI)

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