Prime Minister's assurances over Big Brother database

October 27, 2010 1:57 PM

Julian at Westminster deskPrime Minister David Cameron has given assurances that the government has no plans to revive Labour's Big Brother project to spy on internet activity and emails.

He told Cambridge MP Julian Huppert during Prime Minister's Questions that the government had made good progress in rolling back state intrusion and "is not considering setting up a database to store information".

Julian raised the issue to make sure that Labour's £2 million Intercept Modernisation Programme, which required internet service providers to log clients' internet and email activity for at least 12 months, would never be revived.

And he wanted to make sure that the government was fully committed to its Coalition Agreement pledge to "reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties and roll back state intrusion".

Mr Cameron said: "We have made good progress in rolling back state intrusion by getting rid of ID cards and the rights of people to get into your homes and we are not considering setting up a government database to store information.

"We will be working with the Information Commissioner's office on anything we do in this area."

Julian said: "I am encouraged by the Prime Minister's reassurance that the government will continue its work to reverse the unacceptable level of state intrusion into people's everyday lives that we were subjected to under Labour.

"The previous government was intent on monitoring our everyday activities and recording our personal information at every opportunity. I have campaigned strongly against these Big Brother tactics which amounted to an unacceptable level of interference.

"I will continue to watch closely to make sure the government lives up to its promises in this area. "

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