Over 19,000 Emails Sent Concerning UK 'Snooper's Charter' — Not A Single One In Support Of It

from the batting-zero dept

Back in June, Glyn wrote about the so-called “Snooper’s Charter” in the UK. It was a draft Communications Bill that had some ridiculous surveillance measures, such as data retention by ISPs on all emails. There was an open comment period, and apparently over 19,000 emails were sent in. And, it turns out, the score was over 19,000… to zero. Yes, not a single comment submitted in support of the bill. From the Joint Parliamentary Committee:

… we have not seen a single email supporting the draft Communications Data Bill, or even agreeing that there may be a case for the security services and law enforcement agencies having greater access to communications data than they do at present.

While many of the emails received were generated from organizations opposed to the bill, you’d think that someone out there would be in favor of it. At the very least, hopefully this leads to a pretty big rethinking of the effort.

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Anonymous Coward says:

with all those emails in opposition to this ridiculous new surveillance bill, the UK government will definitely introduce it. after all, the proposal only came up because, like with everything else, the US Government want it in place and the UK government haven’t got the balls to say ‘NO’ or the sense to realise it’s not being done to benefit the UK

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

This reminds me of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’s explnation of why the universe is uninhabited
“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”

The eejit (profile) says:

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It’s stitistically significant, considering that the last election had a 39% turnout of voting-age people – so that’s around 20 million people. 19,000 out of those is still a considerbale number in UK politics. The UK anti-ACTA petition only got 100,000, and that was the second-largest petition in history (behind Hillsborough re-opening).

trish says:

little people

Why do the little people think their opinion matters? This is democracy, dammit! This is how it works: The little guys vote once every few years to make them think they have a say in how society works. Then, for the next four years or whatever the term is, they get screwed by the wealthy corporate guy and the welathy politician guy who teamed up to scheme and steal their way to ever-greater riches. Then, the little guy votes for the other politician who will make grandiose promises to “clean-up” the system; and they all trolololo on their way to the bank.

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