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: Queen's Speech: 'Surveillance of the entire nation' - James Kirkup (Telegraph) -
May 10, 2012
"the Queen’s Speech confirmed that the Government will introduce legislation allowing the police and intelligence agencies “to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public.” The proposed laws, to be published in draft form, have been branded a “snooper’s charter” by critics including Conservative backbenchers. David Cameron told MPs that the contentious changes are necessary to ensure the security agencies can keep up with terrorists and criminals using modern communication technology. The Prime Minister told the Commons the surveillance changes would only cover the telephone numbers and email addresses that subjects contact, and not the contents of their communications. He insisted that the measures are needed to protect the UK from terrorism, and said he would rather err on the side of caution when it comes to national security." -
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