Peter Hawkins

party: Green Party
constituency: Telford

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

By private companies, I presume the meaning is private internet access providers. They should not be restricting access beyond what is stipulated as off limits by the law. I do believe that the state has a role to play in regulating areas of the internet in line with the way we regulate every day life: child pornography, selling illegal drugs and medicines for example.

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

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Green Party would replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which has failed to regulate the deployment of undercover police, has not adequately supported the confidentiality of journalistic sources, and has failed to ensure legal confidentiality or to enshrine an open and effective right of redress. We would move to limit surveillance and data retention in line with human rights judgements, and support the EU’s proposals to strengthen data protection laws, against opposition from large US data-driven companies.

We would also consider incorporating these measures into a new and comprehensive Digital Bill of Rights

We understand that there are needs for monitoring and investigation, but this should be done within the rule of law and in a transparent nature which does not interfere with human rights. The commitments I have outlined above are all contained in the Green Party manifesto, which you can read in full at: