Claire Allen

party: Green Party
constituency: Pudsey

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The right of parents to remain with their children in hospital has been established for over forty years. How would you ensure carers of people with dementia are equally welcome in hospital?

organisation: John's Campaign

This raises a very importnat point. I have a relative with dementia in my family and often his carer's rights are neglected. The Green Party would invest in dementia services, ensuring that support is available for all affected by this debilitating disease, including families and carers. We would also integrate health and care services so as to look after carers as well as those they care for. Carers should absolutely be allowed to stay in hospital with a dementia patient and I would support any bill to make sure this happened.

To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Green Party supports a world of open, freely flowing information. We don’t want disproportionate or unaccountable surveillance or
censorship. We want a transparent state, but we want control over the data that our digital lives create. W Above all we want democratic political control of this technology. We would consider combining elements of the policies below into a comprehensive Digital Bill of Rights.

How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

We would:
• Oppose any case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of the type exposed by Edward Snowden. We do accept that government law enforcement agencies may occasionally need to intercept communications in specific circumstances. Such specific surveillance should be proportionate, necessary, effective and within the rule of law, with independent judicial approval and genuine parliamentary oversight.
• Replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which has failed
–to regulate the deployment of undercover police;
–to support the confidentiality of journalistic sources;
–to support legal confidentiality; and
–to enshrine an open and effective right of redress.
• Support and protect Internet freedom
• Follow human rights judgments limiting surveillance and data retention in full.
• Support the EU’s proposals to strengthen data protection laws against opposition from large US data-driven companies.
• Limit the censoring or takedown of content or activity to exceptional circumstances, clearly set out within a comprehensive
legal framework
• Introduce a more satisfactory law on so-called malicious comments made on social media than the blanket and crude section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.
• Oppose the privatisation of data held by the government that should be open to all, such as the Postcode Address File, or by companies providing public services, such as data on the progress of buses that can be used by Smartphone apps to predict waiting times.
• Oppose the sale of personal data, such as health or tax records, for commercial or other ends.
• Use government purchasing power to support open standards in information technology.