MPs have slammed proposed new controls of the internet being brought in by the government under the cover of combating ‘hostile’ state activity.
However, the committee of MPs found that it could risk criminalising ‘stupid’ and ‘foolish’ internet users and breach their human rights. Clause 3 of the Bill, for example, would make accessing terroist material just once an offence which would snare the unwitting and anyone who was doing so for research purposes. In a report on the new bill, MPs argued Clause 3 may; “capture academic and journalistic research as well as those with inquisitive or even foolish minds.”
The joint committee on human rights said that Parliament needs to consider deleting or amending Clause 3. No response from the government has been forthcoming but this is yet another red flag attack on free speech that it is clearly hoping to sneak under the radar in the hope no one will notice the increasing totalitarian drive.