Joe Belcher

party: Green Party
constituency: Birmingham, Erdington

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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)

The Green Party supports a word of open, freely flowing information. We don't want disproportioante or unnaccountbale surveilance or censorship. We want a transparent state, but we want control over the data that our digital lives create. We need copyright law that reward creators but that are consistent with digital technologies. 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.

We would:
- Oppose any case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of that type exposed by Edward Snowden. We don't accept that government law enforcement agencies may occasionally need to intercept communications in specific circumstances. Such specific surveillance should proportionate necessary, effective and within the rules 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 judgements 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.
- Make copyright shorter in length, fair and flexible, and prevent patents applying to software.
- Introduce a more satisfactory law on so-called malicious comments made on social media than the blanket and crude section 127 of the communicationns Act 2003.
- Oppose the privatisation of the 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.

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 supports a word of open, freely flowing information. We don't want disproportioante or unnaccountbale surveilance or censorship. We want a transparent state, but we want control over the data that our digital lives create. We need copyright law that reward creators but that are consistent with digital technologies. 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.

We would:
- Oppose any case for secret unaccountable mass surveillance of that type exposed by Edward Snowden. We don't accept that government law enforcement agencies may occasionally need to intercept communications in specific circumstances. Such specific surveillance should proportionate necessary, effective and within the rules 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 judgements 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.
- Make copyright shorter in length, fair and flexible, and prevent patents applying to software.
- Introduce a more satisfactory law on so-called malicious comments made on social media than the blanket and crude section 127 of the communicationns Act 2003.
- Oppose the privatisation of the 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.