Andrew Smith MP

Net neutrality

Question to Ed Vaizey, 25 November 2010

Communications Data Bill

Responded to a constituent with this email:

Thank you for your recent communication about the Government’s plans for internet surveillance. I share your concerns that this will enable far too easy access by too many people to too much information, which is a real threat to civil liberties and rights of privacy.

Whilst the government has said the proposed surveillance is intended only in exceptional cases to combat terrorism and organised crime, the lack of judicial oversight - and as you point out the fact that a warrant is not needed to access the information - are very worrying.

I oppose these provisions in the Bill and have written to the Home Secretary taking up the points you raise. I will get back to you as soon as I receive a reply.



To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will review the regulation of the process for domain names registration in the light of the dominant position held by Nominet.

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