Snoop­ers’ Char­ter Pe­ti­tion Reaches Key Tar­get

Par­lia­men­tary de­bate over new act?

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Un­happy with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new so-called Snoop­ers’ Char­ter? You are far from alone as a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the govern­ment to re­call the bill has amassed over 100,000 sig­na­tures. The sig­nif­i­cance of this is that the In­ves­ti­ga­tory Pow­ers Act, to give it its full ti­tle, must now be con­sid­ered for a full de­bate in Par­lia­ment. Of course, it’s hugely un­likely that this pe­ti­tion will have any real im­pact on the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment the bill, but it does rather show the strength of feel­ing the man in the street has re­gard­ing the wildly un­pop­u­lar piece of leg­is­la­tion that Prime Min­is­ter May has agreed to bring in, most likely by the end of the year.

The Snoop­ers’ Char­ter, just to re­mind you, will mean In­ter­net providers will have to record what web­sites and mes­sag­ing apps its cus­tomers con­nect to, although the in­for­ma­tion is at do­main name-level rather than the in­di­vid­ual pages within that. With in­for­ma­tion be­ing held for a year, and able to be shared with the govern­ment and other bod­ies on de­mand, it’s en­tirely un­der­stand­able why peo­ple might not be best pleased about this com­ing into law.

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