Is the Snooper’s Charter dead?
If one believes the words of politicians, the Snooper’s Charter (news passim) is dead.
Earlier this morning Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appeared on a phone-in programme on London radio station LBC. When questioned by a caller on the Communications Data Bill (aka the Snooper’s Charter), he is reported to have answered:
What people dub the snoopers’ charter, that’s not going to happen – certainly with Lib Dems in government.
LBC also kindly caught the Deputy Prime Minister on video.
We would, however, issue a note of caution here. Although Mr Clegg has ruled out the Snooper’s Charter for the time being, expect more draconian surveillance proposals to come boomeranging back like a dodgy Friday night curry. After all, the Snooper’s Charter itself is just the last Labour government’s Interception Modernisation Programme (IMP) wearing new clothes.