Top prosecutor warns against growing state power

Top prosecutor warns against growing state power

The country’s most senior prosecutor has intervened in the gathering storm over the forthcoming Communications Data Bill by urging “legislative restraint” in coming months.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced last week that laws will be open to consultation in the new year. The security services are demanding massively expanded internet surveillance powers.

Outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald warned in a speech yesterday that expansion of state snooping powers was likely to be irreversible. “They will be with us forever,” he said. “And they in turn will be built upon.

“So we should take very great care to imagine the world we are creating before we build it. We might end up living with something we can’t bear.”

Further information on the Communications Data Bill can be found here.

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