Today (Thursday 14th June) the Home Secretary has announced plans to get automatic access to records of all online activity in the UK via the provisions of Communications Data Bill.
Firstly, proposed by the previous Labour administration in 2008  as the Intercept Modernisation Programme (IMP) and now renamed the Communications Capabilities Development Programme (CCDP), it will force internet and telephone companies to keep detailed records of all their customers' communications, downloads and browsing, location data and contacts.
The CCDP makes Coalition promises to “roll-back the database state laughable”, as it will be a system of secret, silent, total surveillance that can be turned on and off at will and allow a free-for-all for every official with an itch to investigate any citizen. It will be vast in scope and as NO2ID  has previously pointed out, this scheme is 'leapfrogging China' and will ensure Britain remains the most watched society on earth .
Of great concern is that there is no judicial oversight or need for a warrant for surveillance to take place and official bodies will effectively authorise themselves. Manchester NO2ID  firmly believes that surveillance without a warrant is unacceptable in any free and democratic society.
Manchester NO2ID, will over the coming months be actively campaigning against the CCDP and the attempts by the coalition Government to turn us into a nation of suspects.
1) 'Jacqui Smith plans broad new 'Big Brother' surveillance powers' –
Telegraph 15 Oct 2008
2) NO2ID is the national campaign against the database state, the
tendency to try to use computers to manage society by maintaining state files on people.
3) For more background information see 'Home Office prepares to announce total surveillance plan – NO2ID 19 Feb 2012
4) Manchester NO2ID is part of the National NO2ID Campaign