For Labour, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the government was "making a complete mess of a very important issue".
"It is important that the police and security services can keep up to date with modern technology, but this bill is too widely drawn, is unworkable and gives far too much power to the home secretary without proper safeguards."
She added: "It is astonishing that the Home Office have had so little discussion with the internet companies who need to deliver this legislation. The Government have been slipshod with this bill from the word go."
Government? Slipshod? A complete mess? No! You don't say?
As for "important" in red above...
There is no reason at all that the state should know anything about people's communications.
How about some turn about here?
How about less state secrets?
How about opening up with some transparency?
How about not being psychopathic, habitual liars?
How about CAT - Competence - Accountability - Transparency?
We need PEOPLE to know more about the STATE, and not the state knowing more about people.
And as for "safeguards"...
She's a complete moron to try and peddle off that crap. The entire premise is false.
The safeguard is called "limited government". Duh!?! This isn't that hard a concept to grasp. Giving the state more power only feeds the beast and makes it more and more rabid and prone to attack. The safeguard is limiting the power the state has in the first place.
She's trying to push that we need to give MORE power to government, but just not THAT much power. Just a little bit more. Just a tad... These psychopathic freaks fill the bucket one drop at a time. The technique has even earned itself a name: The Totalitarian Tiptoe
The ONLY sane answer to these people is NO. No more power. Period.
They aren't protecting anyone! If anything, the people need protecting from THEM!
Who really needs to be under surveillance...
The only real 'terrorists' out there work for the UK, US, and Israeli governments, or are funded by them. If there needs to be any more surveillance, it needs to be on the government, and not on regular people.