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Online snooping against civil liberties?

Legislation in the Queen’s speech next month proposes to force internet and mobile phone providers to record all use by customers.

This is all in aid of anti-terrorism and crime investigations, but will subject everyone to the monitoring of their communications, something which clearly affects our rights to privacy.

Currently, the state can gain access through warrants and legal applications to organisations such as Google, who only granted 63% of these. The new legislation would do away with this, requiring all internet service providers and social networks to provide a portal through which the State can access the data.

Civil liberties and Human Rights specialist lawyer Graeme Swain of Swain and Co. says, “At worst the UK is could create an internet policy similar to what we condemn in communist countries, massively increasing the potential for abuse by the State.

Surveillance must be done within the rules of the law to protect citizen’s rights. We can all see what happens when these rights are abused with examples elsewhere in the world. What we oppose totally is a ‘big brother’ situation where people can be monitored in all they do with only a toothless or ineffective form of regulation. The potential for abuse is massive.”

Ensuring that our clients’ human rights are upheld is at the very heart of the work that Swain & Co. Solicitors does. There is no area of law that we practice which cannot be said to have a Human Rights element, including Public Law, Judicial Review and Discrimination.

If you think your Human Rights have been breached, do not hesitate to contact us now. Areas relevant to Human Rights issues include:

  • Prisoners rights
  • Provision of medical treatment
  • Detention under the Mental Health Act
  • Right to family life
  • Local Authority cutbacks
  • Closure of care homes
  • Inhuman and degrading treatment

Swain & Co hold specialist Legal Aid contracts in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Community Care, Public Law, Actions against Police and many others.

Contact Swain & Co. by calling Graeme Swain or Tina Smith on 02392 483322 (Havant/Portsmouth); Melanie Lidstone-Land on 02380 631111 (Southampton); Helen Thompson on 0208 6929100 (London); Tom Battarbee or Sara Jayne Pritt on 0151 2552286 (Liverpool).

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