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Snoopers Charter Stopped

by Jo Shaer, on April 28, 2013

I received an email from 38 Degrees recently about their successful attempt to stop the so called Snoopers Charter - The UK Communications Data Bill.

Late on Thursday 25 April, Nick Clegg announced that he will not allow the Government's plan to spy on everyone's internet use to go ahead.

Fortunately for us, members of 38 Degrees reacted quickly when they first heard about the plan to collect details of who we call, text, email and which websites we visit.

Snoopers Charter Stopped by 38 Degrees Campaign

38 Degrees publicised the issue and, over the past 18 months:

nearly 200,000 people signed the petition to stop government snooping [2]

tens of thousands of also emailed their MPs

from Dundee to Penzance, thousands met up locally to deliver the massive petition direct to MPs [3]

nearly 19,000 38 Degrees members raised their concerns directly to the parliamentary committee looking at the government’s plans [4]

and just last week thousands got back in touch with their MPs, calling on them to abandon the plans.

38 Degrees members were a key part of a team which also included great campaigning from Liberty, Privacy International and the Open Rights Group. [5]

They also got support and advice from a number of supportive MPs - particularly Lib Dem Julian Huppert, and Conservative David Davis. David Davis MP even came into the 38 Degrees office to do a live web briefing with 38 Degrees members! [6]

They knew that it would need a big campaign to get this Bill thrown out, the government seemed determined. Today we can celebrate a great win for people power!

Campaigns like this don’t cost the earth to run, but they aren’t free. 38 Degrees is 100% independent - so they will never take money from big business or government. Instead 38 Degrees relies entirely on donations from members giving one-off donations or small regular sums of £2 or £3 per week.

[1] The Telegraph: Nick Clegg blocks Tory plans for a 'snoopers' charter'
[2] 38 Degrees: Stop government snooping
[3] 38 Degrees Blog: Snooping campaign petition hand-ins
[4] 38 Degrees Blog: Our voices were heard
[5] Liberty: No Snoopers Charter
Privacy International
Open Rights Group: Fatal Blow to the Snoopers Charter?:
[6] 38 Degrees Blog: Government Snooping: Top Tips from David Davis

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