Tory MP in fight over 'snooping' bill
A Tory MP is engaged in a fight with the Home Office over the Draft Communications Bill, the Coffee House reports.
In a letter to the Information Commissioner's Office, seen by the blog, Dominic Raab complained that the Government is not disclosing how the Government will filter the information gathered when it monitors internet users' records.
"As I argued in my letter of 22 October 2012, it cannot be appropriate for all available information regarding how the filtering arrangements under the CCDP will operate in practice to be withheld on the basis of an undefined threat to national security," Mr Raab wrote.
"Parliament and the public cannot reach an informed opinion about such a critical component of the Bill and the CCDP’s viability in the absence of key factual information.
"There is currently no information available whatsoever about the operation of clauses 14 to 16, or an explanation of whether data mining and deep packet inspection and related techniques will be used."
Lib Dems are said to be worried about the proposal - dubbed the 'snooping' bill - with Nick Clegg apparently considering dropping his party's support for the plan.