Email and web use 'to be watched'

The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon.

Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.

The Home Office says the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism, but civil liberties groups have criticised it.

Tory MP David Davis called it "an unnecessary ... Full Story »

Posted by Fabrice Florin - via Jeff Jarvis, BBC News

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Lauren Matheson
by Lauren Matheson - Apr. 9, 2012

This story is an interesting one for me becuase I agree with both sides. I feel it is the duty of the policymakers to protect their citizens as best they can and with rapid developments in technology, the government is able to gain more access to phones, websites, emails, texts, etc. On the other hand, this is an invasion of privacy and people feel uncomfortable with this sort of monitoring. The society is not accepting of the new technological developments however, I think when used appropriately, it will benefit the society as a whole.

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