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Government snooping: email your MP

April 17th, 2012 by

Surveillance Officer

Internet snooping – what’s David Cameron’s next move? The next two weeks are crucial. The government could decide to push ahead with their plans to spy on all of us. Or they could realise the public outcry will be overwhelming and they need to back down.

They will decide which way to go before the “Queen’s Speech” on 9th May. That’s the official ceremony where the Queen reads out David Cameron’s plans for next year.

We can win this campaign – if we turn up the pressure before 9th May. Lots of Lib Dem and Conservative MPs have already spoken out against the plans. Now we need to get enough of them to write to David Cameron and tell him how unpopular these plans are – to make him realise he has to back down.

If you’ve got a government MP – can you take 2 mins to send them a short email asking them to write to David Cameron calling for the plans to be dropped?

David Cameron has been having a tricky few weeks, and knows he is currently behind in the polls. He won’t want another unpopular issue on his hands! If he starts getting letters from dozens of government MPs, all telling him the snooping plan is bad news, it could convince him he needs to drop it from the 9th May Queen’s speech.

Over 130,000 38 Degrees members have now signed the petition against the plan. We’re coming together to stand up for our privacy on the Internet, because we know what a powerful force for good the web can be. The government has no business placing us all under surveillance.

Write to your government MP and tell them to speak out against the snooping plans.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hicks/100002132251548 Steve Hicks

    Dear Team,


    in response to the “stop the
    government snooping campaign” I received this reply from one of my


    I think that it looks like the
    U.K. government are trying to copy the U.S. government but with phone calls and
    texts added on.


    However, I thought that this maybe as important or even more important than our campaign.


    I hope that you agree and will
    forward this message to fellow 38 degree members, & friends and


    Thanks for your time taken to read


    Dear friends,

    Right now, corporations like Microsoft and Facebook are
    supporting a powerful new law that would allow the US to spy on almost
    everything we do online. But if enough of us speak out, we can demand
    that the corporations withdraw their support and stop the cyber-spying.
    Join the call:
    now, the US is poised to pass a new law that would permit US agents to
    spy on almost everything we do online. But we can stop them before the
    final vote. Companies that we trust with our personal information,
    like Microsoft and Facebook, are key supporters of this bill
    that lets corporations share all user activity and content with US government
    agents without needing a warrant in the name of cyber-security — nullifying
    privacy guarantees for almost everyone around the world, no matter where we live
    and surf online. If enough of us speak out, we can stop
    companies that profit from our business from supporting cyber-spying.
    Sign the petition to these key net corporations now:http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa_corporate_global/?vl
    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would allow
    companies doing business in the US to collect exact records of all of
    our online activities and hand them over to the US government, without ever
    notifying us that we are being watched. No warrant, no legal cause and
    no due process required. To make matters worse, the bill provides the government
    and corporations with blanket immunity to protect them from being sued for
    violation of privacy and other illegal actions. The bill’s supporters
    claim that consumer information will be protected, but the reality is that
    huge loopholes would make everything we do online fair game — and
    nowadays, from banking to shopping, our private information is all stored on the
    Internet. CISPA is being moved forward in Congress and will be
    voted upon in days. Let’s raise a massive outcry to stop corporations
    from giving the US a blank check to monitor our every move. Click below
    to take action: http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa_corporate_global/?vl
    This year, we helped stop SOPA, PIPA and ACTA — all dire threats to the
    Internet. Now, let’s block CISPA and end the US government attack on our
    Internet. WIth hope and determination, Dalia, Allison, Emma,
    Ricken, Rewan, Andrew, Wen-Hua, and the rest of the Avaaz team More
    information: CISPA: The internet finds a new enemy (Global Post)http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-grid/cispa-the-internet-finds-new-enemy-sopaCISPA
    protests begin amid key changes to legislation (Los Angeles Times)http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-cispa-protests-begin-amid-key-changes-to-legislation-20120416,0,5314596.story
    Cybersecurity Bill FAQ: The Disturbing Privacy Dangers in CISPA and
    How To Stop It (Electronic Frontier Foundation)https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/04/cybersecurity-bill-faq-disturbing-privacy-dangers-cispa-and-how-you-stop-it
     New CISPA Draft Narrows Cybersecurity Language as Protests Loom

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  • Khemitx

    This link is to a video that shares with us the tools to a take control of our world & to make it better for all inhabitants by sharing wealth and protecting the ecosystem. It covers why the government is snooping & other archaic controls. Bear with it as it does get a bit out there 20 mins in, but does settle down quickly http://youtu.be/lEV5AFFcZ-s Please watch and share.

  • Tom Perry

    Cheryl Gillan MP – Secretary of State for Wales – is providing a (Government generated) statement in reply to letters from constituents about SNOOPING.

    The construct of the opening line suggests that Cheryl at some unseen point became Head of State.  

    House of Commons,
    4th May 2012

    Dear Constituent

    The Government and I are committed to maintaining national security and protecting
    the public in the face of changing circumstances, whilst continuing to protect
    civil liberties.

    Communicationsdata – information such as who called whom and at what time – is vital to law
    enforcement, especially when dealing with organised crime gangs, paedophile
    rings and terrorist groups.  It has played a role in every major Security
    Service counter-terrorism operation and in 95 per cent of all serious organised
    crime investigations.  But communications technology is changing fast, and
    criminals and terrorists are increasingly moving away from landline and mobile
    telephones to communications on the internet, including voice over internet
    services, like Skype, and instant messaging services. The Government estimates
    that it are now only able to access some 75% of the total communications data
    generated in this country, compared with 90% in 2006.

    Given the pace of technological change, our future capability is very uncertain. That
    is why, in the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, it said it
    would “introduce a programme to preserve the ability of the security, intelligence
    and law enforcement agencies to obtain data and to intercept communications
    within the appropriate legal framework.” It also made it clear that in seeking
    to ensure our law enforcement agencies continue to retain capabilities to
    protect us from harm, civil liberties would be respected and protected.

    The Government therefore proposes to require internet companies to collect and
    store certain additional information, like who an individual has contacted and
    when, which they may not collect at present. The information will show the
    context, but not the content, of communications.  So we will have for internet-based
    communications what we already have for mobile and landline telephone calls. 
    The data will be available only to designatedsenior officers, on a case-by-case
    basis, authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and the
    process will be overseen by the Interception of Communications Commissioner.
    It will be available only if it is necessary and proportionate to a criminal
    investigation. It should be noted that the police and other agencies will have
    no new powers or capabilities to intercept and read emails or telephone calls
    and existing arrangements for interception will not be changed. No increase
    in the amount of interception is envisaged as a result of this.

    Unlike the previous Government’s proposals, there will be no government database and
    the data recorded will be strictly limited and regulated and will be destroyed
    after a year. The police and Security Service will not be able to intercept the content
    of calls and emails, except as now when it is necessary and proportionate as part of an
    investigation relating to serious crime or national security, and only when
    they have obtained a warrant signed by a Secretary of State. 

    Thank you again for contacting me. 

    Yours sincerely