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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.

3 Responses to Is the Snooper’s Charter dead?

  1. Phil The Techie April 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Please tell me that i’m wrong if i’m missing the point of this broadcast:-

    “There aren’t enough IP Addresses to go round”…..”Work with the Police and others to do so” (1m27s ish)

    “Is examining new proposals to back them as proportionate and necessary” (2m0s ish)

    “This particular issue of having an IP attached to Every device” …. “And the police say that’s a big issue” (2m 15 ish)

    What I heard is a whole lot of sneakily hinting to tracking every device by IPv6 address on a large scale – Hence the rush/priority of getting each device with an individual IP. Wonder what they are planning.

    God Bless VPN and Tor.

    • Steve Woods April 30, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      I think you’ve missed the point completely, Phil! 🙂


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