What does the Strategic Defence and Security Review say about the monitoring of communications?

In its response to the story in today’s news about the government’s plans to legislate to make it easier to monitor people’s communications, the Home Office said the following:

As set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review we will legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows to ensure that the use of communications data is compatible with the government’s approach to civil liberties.

What, then, does the Review itself say? The following paragraph, on page 44 (pdf), seems to be the crucial one. It states that the government will:

The language is such that this paragraph could mean the government plans to legislate to do just about anything, which is perhaps why there has been little or no comment on this in the media until now. And presumably the reason we are now seeing media coverage is because of some tactical briefing by some interested party – be that the Home Office hoping to soften people up ahead of the Queen’s Speech or opponents hoping to drum up opposition before any proposal gets off the ground.

What is clear is that the detail around this policy is very much unclear, and I hope Liberal Democrat parliamentarians will be pressing the government to make clear its intentions so we can all respond to a concrete policy rather than mere speculation.

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4 responses to “What does the Strategic Defence and Security Review say about the monitoring of communications?

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  2. The monitoring will be farmed out to private companies; once the concept of monitoring contacts is accepted, it will not be long before monitoring content will be introduced; anybody with a little technical nous will be able to hide or disguise their communications; this means the ones that don’t want to be monitored- the terrorists etc. will not be and only Joe Public will be monitored- which I suggest is the idea all along.

    If it smells like control, looks like control and tastes like control, it probably is control.

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  4. Have a look at this:

    https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stop-the-snooping-plan/

    I’ve signed the petition against these plans. Can you add your name?

    Please sign the petition now:

    https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/stop-the-snooping-plan/

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