Thursday, 10 July 2014

Emergency Data Retention Bill, 2024

It has emerged today, Thursday 11th of July 2024, that emergency powers to ensure police and security services can access records of which shops or buildings you have visited, who you talked with in person and what actions you take in your own home are being rushed through Parliament.

The Prime Minister has secured the backing of all three main parties for the highly unusual move.

He said urgent action was needed to protect the public from "criminals and terrorists" and that "a price cannot be put on the safety of our citizens, especially our children"

But civil liberties campaigners have warned it will invade people's privacy.

The Prime Minister defended the move in an early press conference, saying this was about making existing laws logically extend into all feasible areas of application - not about creating any new practices that the British public are not already subjected to on a daily basis.

He also said he had secured agreements with the opposition leader for a wider review of the surveillance powers needed by the security services, to report after the next election.