Ashdown condemns £12bn Big Brother communications database

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

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

The co-chairman of the Commission on National Security at the Institute for Public Policy Research, told Computer Weekly that invasions of privacy on such a scale were "extremely dangerous".

He also condemned current moves to increase the sharing of personal data across international borders.

Ashdown was speaking at the launch of Shared Destinies, an interim paper published by the IPPR, on the need for greater international co-operation to fight terrorism, organised crime, and natural disaster such as disease pandemics.

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