Snoopers’ Charter Petition Reaches Key Target
Parliamentary debate over new act?
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.