Liberal Democrats are totally opposed to the idea of government reading people’s emails and social media communications at will. That is not what is going to happen under these proposals and would never happen under a government which includes the Liberal Democrats.

Nick Clegg has confirmed that the proposals from the Home Office will be published in draft in order to be debated fully by the public, key organisations, and Parliament. As criminals exploit new technologies, it is right that there is debate around what kind of powers we give Police. We’ll make sure that the Home Office proposals are published in draft, so that people can look at them and people can debate them.

Don’t let Labour forget:
In 2006 then Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, tried to introduce a centralised database that would store all communications data in one place and would be readily accessible by the Government department in real time and at will. This was successfully opposed by the Liberal Democrats.