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David Cameron vows ‘snoopers charter’ revival upon 2015 election majority


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

January 12, 2015 | 2 min read

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to revive the ‘snoopers charter’ bill which would grant UK security services extensive powers to monitor digital communications - if the Conservative Party wins the 2015 general election.

David Cameron may revive the 'snoopers charter'

Speaking in Paris, following the Charlie Hebdo unity march on Sunday the PM claimed that the UK needed to “modernise” the law to enable security agencies to cut out extremist attacks similar to those which have plagued France last week.

Cameron told ITV News: “I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremis, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to.

“That is my very clear view and if I am Prime Minister after the next election I will make sure we legislate accordingly. Obviously we are in a coalition. We have made progress on this issue by passing the new law which makes sure we protect some of the abilities we have to stop terrorists.”

In 2013, the original ‘snoopers charter' known as the Communication Data Bill, was vetoed by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, as the law would have resulted in a “significant reduction in personal privacy".

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