'Snooping' must be justified

The government has been urged to justify the new snooping powers it is proposing. A new report says greater internet surveillance is necessary, but must be balance against the right to privacy

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Surveillance reform is needed, but must be lawful, says report

A new report by Demos on the proposed expansions to the government's power to access our emails and online correspondence, has said there needs to be an "ethical" way by which the government can use online information.

Sir David Omand, co-author of the report said:

I don't know anyone who would say that you should ring-fence social media and say 'that's a secret space where paedophiles, criminals and terrorists can happily play because you can't get at it'

– Sir David Omand

But that this had to be balanced with an " open" internet that promotes the "free exchange of ideas", and that was good for the UK economy and in the public interest. He said the new plans must be based on:

on respect for human rights and the associated principles of accountability, proportionality and necessity".

– Sir David Omand

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