Research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to mark the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden revealing the activities of UK and US intelligence agencies, showed 85% believe it is “fairly important”, “very important” or “essential” to keep browsing records private. Only 12% believe it is not important, the survey conducted by Ipsos Mori showed.
The participants of the survey also supported a recommendation made by the Don’t Spy On US coalition; that senior judges rather than ministers to sign off on warrants for data collection of electronic communications, when asked where oversight of the intelligence agencies should lie.
This research clearly highlights that the British public has little faith that politicians are properly monitoring how the security services are using surveillance powers. The Deputy Prime Minister, the Shadow Home Secretary and the Home Affairs Committee have all recognised that our surveillance law needs reviewing and oversight needs to be much stronger. Those who claim everything is fine are looking increasingly ridiculous.