Recent statements coming from the former MI5 chief, Lord Jonathan Evans, have shed light to the need on behalf of spying legislation to be made stricter, in order to be solid and efficient against terrorism acts.
People have been whispering about it for a long time, but now a former MI5 chief has confirmed it through his experienced point of view; Indeed, the current legislation against terrorism cannot just measure up to the enemy. The spy laws applied in Britain and the world in general cannot keep track of every woman, man and child and this case results in great distress for the surveillance services.
Due to the fact that terrorists can exchange opinions, crucial information and communicate through the use of various different services available online, there is no way of breaking the boundaries and leading to adequate surveillance benefits without interfering with the privacy rights of the vast majority of people.
Lord Jonathan Evans of Weardale was straightforward and did not wish to please the ears and eyes of the British people. On the contrary, he stated on the matter: “It is now much harder than a decade ago for the security services to find out what terrorists or criminals are saying among themselves because they are discussing plots online…New laws to give intelligence agencies the ability more effectively to monitor services including Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat are vital…The ability of the police and security agencies to do this important work of protecting our society and its vulnerable people is under threat from changing technology.
We expect them today not just to follow up a crime or terrorist attack and identify the perpetrators but rather to do all they can to stop the attack or crime from taking place at all. They can only do this if they have the tools to do so and the tools at their disposal are no longer fit for purpose.”
As you can see, Lord Evans spoke upfront about the vitality of gaining crucial information through the social media platforms and communication portals used by a large amount of people universally. Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat have got a great many subscribers making daily use of their services and granting access to these services could raise substantial concern and fear of losing one’s privacy online. This comes just a few days after the speech of David Cameron and his visit to the USA, in order to backup his claims to proceed with anti-encryption plans.
Nevertheless, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg has been less willing to obtain data using such tactics. In specific, he highlighted: “It is a blanket approach to the retention of data of people who are innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever…It is not a very British thing to confer or imply guilt on the whole of the nation by retaining records of every website everyone has visited over the course of a year.”
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