The new Communications Data Bill that the UK’s coalition government is trying to introduce has been met with a great deal of hostility from civil liberties organizations and also from several MP’s from within the coalition itself.
There are serious concerns that this new bill, which has been nicknamed the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is a major infringement on our right to privacy as it will require internet service providers to keep records of our social networking movements, email activity and log the websites we visit – so basically – the government can access every single thing you do on the net!
BoingBoing.net’s Cory Doctorow is “outraged” that the “UK Coalition government is planning on spending £1.8B to spy on every click” and has said that we shouldn’t let them “transform GB into KGB.”
Doctorow believes that because parliament is already divided in its opinions about the bill, there is a very good chance that we can get it thrown out if we show enough opposition, as was the case with the Labour government’s national ID scheme idea a few years ago.
Doctorow, who is a co-founder of the Open Rights Group has urged people to sign the organization’s petition against the ‘Snooper’s Charter’ and suggested that people who are against the new bill should write to their MP’s expressing their concerns!
The Open Rights Group is hosting a series of workshops around the UK to provide people with the information they need to effectively lobby their MP’s over this new bill. If you are against the new bill and want to know how to make your opinions count, then these workshops are for you. Below is a list of dates and locations for the Open Rights Group Workshops:
London, Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Edinburgh, Saturday, 23 June 2012
Manchester, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Sheffield, Thursday, 28 June 2012
Birmingham, Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Bristol, Saturday, 7 July 2012