Liberty responds to Government's IP address proposals

24 November 2014

Responding to the Home Secretary's announcement that the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill will oblige internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information linking IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to individual users, Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

"There's no problem with the targeted investigation of terrorist suspects, including where it requires linking apparently anonymous communications to a particular person. But every Government proposal of the last so many years has been about blanket sur‎veillance of the entire population. The Snowden revelations demonstrate that they were even prepared to act outside the law and without parliamentary consent. So forgive us if we look for the devil in the detail of this new Bill."