During the live briefing, David Davis MP told us that the single most effective thing we can to protect our privacy is arrange to meet with our MPs to talk to them about our concerns. He said, “Do not underestimate the extent to which your MP will pay attention… go and talk to your MP, and be persistent.”
Here’s David Davis MP’s top tips for 38 Degrees members talking to their MPs about the new plans for government snooping:
Talk to the MP in your own words, calmly and rationally. But be persistent – MPs like a good debate!
Tell your MP that this is a massive invasion of our privacy – the government would be able to access huge amounts of information about who we’ve contacted and when, without getting a proper warrant.
The government claims these plans are about stopping terrorists and paedophiles – but people who use the internet for criminal purposes will easily find ways round the law, for example by using pay-as-you-go phones, internet cafes and anonymous internet servers. Ordinary, law-abiding people will be those most affected by this invasion of our privacy.
The new plans would generate so much information to trawl through, that it would make it harder for security services to find terrorists, not easier.
In Germany and the Czech Republic similar legislation was found to break article 8 of the Human Rights Act and quickly overturned.
Once you’ve made an appointment, and entered the details into our database, the 38 Degrees office team will email other 38 Degrees members in your area to let them know it’s happening, as well as sending you out a copy of the petition and information to help you with your meeting.
You can find out more about organising a visit to your MP here and read about what happened when other members met their MPs to hand in the petition here.
Can you help to stop this invasion of our privacy by talking to your MP and delivering our petition to them? Click here to get started.
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