Video: Ashdown slams 'Big Brother' communications database

Lord Ashdown has condemned government plans to spend £12bn on a “Big Brother” database to monitor all the UK's electronic communications.

Lord Ashdown has condemned government plans to spend £12bn on a “Big Brother” database to monitor all the UK's electronic communications.

In an interview today with Computer Weekly senior reporter Ian Grant, the co-chairman of the Commission on National Security at the influential think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research, said invasions of privacy on such as scale were “extremely dangerous”.

Despite calling for greater international cooperation to fight terrorism and organised crime, he also condemned current moves to increase the sharing of personal data across international borders.

To view the entire interview click below.

 

 

(Duration: 2.31 minutes; File size: 15.7 megabytes)

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