Fears over loss of personal privacy

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SHEFFIELD’S anti-cuts alliance has collected more than 100,000 signatures opposing the government’s planned Communications Bill.

The campaign group 38 Degrees is planning to hand a petition with almost 140,000 names to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Lib Dem MP for Sheffield Hallam, on Monday.

The petition calls for Prime Minister David Cameron to rethink plans outlined in the first draft of the Bill, which will allow the government to monitor people’s activity on social networking sites, email, internet phone calls and online gaming.

Last week, more than 1,000 members of 38 Degrees watched David Davis MP give a special live briefing where he told members the single most effective thing the public can do to protect privacy is arrange to meet with MPs to discuss their concerns.

Geraldine O’Connor, of 38 Degrees, said: “The government wants new powers to invade our privacy every minute of every day.

“They propose storing records of who we call, text and email, and which websites we visit. At the moment they would need a warrant. Soon they won’t.

“Our civil liberties have taken a battering in recent years from politicians of all backgrounds. Now it’s time to for us to make a stand.”