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.

Filed Under: data retention, public support, snooper's charter, surveillance, uk

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Oct 2012 @ 9:52am

    Apparently the UK mistook 1984 for goverment power: a user's guide.

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