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The Liberal Democrats would “kill” plans for more monitoring of emails and internet use if they were not watered down, the party’s president has said.
The plans would allow government listening post GCHQ to monitor internet traffic in real time.
The Home Office has said the move is key to tackling crime and terrorism.
Under the proposed Bill, internet firms would be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ real-time access to communications on demand.
Although intelligence officers would not be able to access the content of emails, calls or messages without a warrant, it would allow them to identify who an individual was in contact with, how often and for how long.
They would also be able to see which websites someone had visited.
The government has faced criticism over the plans, announced last week.
Some senior Conservatives joined Lib Dems and civil rights campaigners to warn the proposals would cause an intrusion into freedom and privacy.
Mr Farron told the BBC: “I am prepared to recognise that there is obviously a need in modern society with new technology to have a look at what needs to be given to the security services, but only if it is absolutely clear there is no universal access.
Free society ‘threat’
“But we are prepared to kill [the plans], be absolutely clear about that, if it comes down to it.
“If we think this is a threat to a free and liberal society then there would be no question of unpicking them or compromising, this just simply must not happen.”
The Lib Dem president said he would be “surprised” if the Bill ended up looking “anything like the press reports we have had this week”.
He said he felt that a government that includes Liberal Democrats “should ensure that Britain ends up a more liberal place, not less”.
Attempts by the last Labour government to bring in monitoring of internet communications failed after opposition from MPs, including Conservatives.
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New legislation will expand the government’s Big Brother powers – allowing it to snoop through email and website visits, of every person in Britain, the Home Office was forced to confirm on Sunday.
Under the legislation, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent and website accessed in “real time,” according to Sunday reports.
Although GCHQ would not be able to access the content of such communications without a warrant, the legislation would enable it to trace which individuals or groups a person is in contact with and how often and for how long they are in communication.
A previous attempt to introduce a similar law was abandoned by the former Labour government in 2006 after fierce opposition.
A Home Office spokesman said on Sunday ministers were intending to legislate “as soon as parliamentary time allows.”
He added: “It is vital that police and security services are able to obtain communications data to investigate serious crime and terrorism.”
Big Brother Watch campaign group spokesman Nick Pickles branded the unprecedented step an attack on privacy online and rejected government claims it will help improve public safety.
“If this was such a serious security issue why has the Home Office not ensured these powers were in place before the Olympics?” he asked.
Senior Tory backbencher David Davis criticised the proposals, saying they represented an unnecessary extension of the power of the state to “snoop” on its citizens.
He told BBC News: “It is not focusing on terrorists or on criminals. It is absolutely everybody. Historically governments have been kept out of our private lives.”
Civil rights group Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said that both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats had resisted the plan when they were in opposition.
“There is an element of whoever you vote for – the empire strikes back,” she told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme.
“This is more ambitious than anything that has been done before.”