Tories Promise To Slash Surveillance State Programme

The Conservatives Party has laid out its plans to tighten up on authorities that misuse their powers by spying on people’s emails and phone calls surmised of some subtle infringements.

The party has claimed that it’s time to roll back the surveillance state in a new strategy outlined ahead of national elections.

Addressing the same, it has vowed to scrap a couple of new databases, including the ID Card Register and ContactPoint, and beef up the powers of the Information Commissioner.

The pledge came as the party published a paper, titled “Reversing The Rise of the Surveillance State”, which proposes plans to cripple what the Conservatives refer to as a “Big Brother” state created under Labour.

The Tories said in a statement: “The creeping use of surveillance powers by local authorities represents a disproportionate intrusion into the personal privacy of local residents, without having demonstrated any law enforcement justification”.

Dominic Grieve, shadow justice secretary, said the approach of the present government to people’s privacy has been worst of all the countries across the globe.

He further went on to say that the new government would bring upon the essential amendment in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) so as to make sure that councils will only be allowed to access communications data to investigate serious felonious acts.

Our Comments

Cash rather than morality is probably what convinced the Conservatives to scale back on a Big Brother state. Cutting a few of these projects would probably save the country a few billions pounds as well as earn the party a few cookie points. The part dismantling of this surveillance state is likely to have an adverse effect on some technology companies operating in the sector though.

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