The Liberal Democrats have pledged to end the “Orwellian nightmare” of mass-snooping powers in the Investigatory Powers Act ahead of their manifesto launch.
They will propose to roll back state surveillance powers by ending the indiscriminate bulk collection of communications data and internet connection records.
The party also committed to fighting Conservative attempts to undermine encryption, which it warned will put people’s online security at risk.
It comes as a recent leaked draft document from the Home Office has revealed that government aims to be able to access anyone’s communications within 24 hours and to bring an end to encrypted messages under the recently passed Investigatory Powers Bill.
Under the plans, companies would be legally required to introduce a backdoor to their systems so authorities can read all correspondence if required.
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