Only a few hours remain to give your opinion on proposed UK “Snooper’s Charter”

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Time is rapidly running out for people to submit their comments to the UK government, about draft legislation which could allow police and intelligence services to spy on who you have been emailing.

After Thursday, it will be too late for members of the public to submit evidence to a British parliamentary committee running an inquiry into the draft Communications Data Bill.

The controversial proposed legislation, which has drawn strong criticism from some quarters who have dubbed it a “Snooper’s charter”, is being examined by a committee of MPs and British Lords before it starts the process of becoming actual law.

If the Communications Data Bill becomes law, ISPs and telecoms companies in the UK would have to store information about all communications for up to 12 months, including the time, duration, location, originator and recipient of messages sent via email, VOIP and telephone services.

Although the content of actual messages (what you said, or wrote) would not be…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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