The Government released plans on Monday 2nd April to further monitor the nation by having access to both public and private communication made via emails, websites and internet history. The proposal for this ‘real time’ government surveillance, which enables authorities to access information without a warrant, were predicted to be declared in the upcoming Queen’s Speech on May 9th. If this proposal becomes law within the UK it could have a huge impact on both internet based companies and website owners.
After the Coalition’s proposal, many have voiced negative opinions on this idea to watch our nation digitally. However, a Home Office spokeswoman said to BBC News “It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data in certain circumstances to investigate serious crime and terrorism and to protect the public”.
The new proposals surround the idea that security should progress at the same pace as technology advances. This notion is said to have been an unwelcomed advancement by the British ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) due to the amount of data they will be required to store. As this could become a legal requirement, businesses should be aware of the ongoing developments.
However on Wednesday the 4th of April the coalition were see to be backing down over from this proposal after an outcry of negativity from both the British public and internet companies. The Home Secretary has now said "No one is going to be looking through ordinary people's emails or Facebook posts. Only suspected terrorists, paedophiles or serious criminals will be investigated". Theresa May, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have come under fire not only from campaign groups such as Liberty and Big Brother watch but also by their own government. Sky News have reported that both Tim Farron senior Lib Dem and Jacob Rees-Mogg Tory MP have publically ridiculed this new move from their party seniors and have dubbed it ‘hypocritical’ by the government. So with no united front for the coalition’s new proposal or support from the public this saga is set to develop.