Full transcript of internet privacy debate now available

Portcullis Big Brother Watch supporters will no doubt be aware of the important debate on privacy and the internet which took place in the Houses of Parliament yesterday.  Only a few, however, were able to make the journey to Parliament to watch the debate in person. 

Opening the debate, Robert Halfon MP said:

"In recent years, we have become increasingly focused on freedom. With every terrorist atrocity, our civil liberties have been curtailed, often in a somewhat draconian manner. I therefore welcome the coalition Government’s determination to redress the balance by reviewing the anti-terrorism legislation, scrapping identity cards, abolishing the national identity register and the contact point database, and halting the next generation of biometric passports.  However, I do not wish to talk about state surveillance this afternoon.

"The issue of civil liberties and internet privacy first came to a head not long after I was elected to this House in May 2010. The newspapers revealed that Google had been mapping people’s personal wi-fi data without their permission… Many privacy campaign groups, such as Big Brother Watch, have raised awareness of the issue in the media"

A full copy of the transcript of the debate – including, amongst others, contributions from former Shadow Home Secretary Rt Hon David Davis MP, Labour's Ian Lucas MP, LibDem Don Foster MP and Nigel Dodds of the DUP – can be found here.