25/04/2013

Nick Clegg Says 'Snooper's Bill ... Not Going To Happen'

Nick Clegg has pledged that Home Office plans to store details of Britons' online activity will not happen while the Liberal Democrats are in government.

Speaking on his weekly LBC radio phone-in, the deputy prime minister said the so-called “snooper’s charter” was was "not going to happen".

It is understood that there were reports of a redrafted bill, with concessions to win over Lib Dems, but Downing Street have said discussions are ongoing about "the next steps".

Mr Clegg said: "What people have dubbed the snooper's charter - I have to be clear with you, that's not going to happen.

"In other words the idea that the government will pass a law which means there will be a record kept of every website you visit, who you communicate with on social media sites, that's not going to happen.

"It's certainly not going to happen with Liberal Democrats in government.

"We all committed ourselves at the beginning of this coalition to learn the lessons from the past, when Labour overdid it, trying to constantly keep tabs on everyone. We have a commitment in this Coalition Agreement to end the storage of internet information unless there is a very good reason to do so."

(H/CD)


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