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UK Government: “No Intention” of Restricting Internet
August 28, 2011
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Looks like Brits can Tweet freely for now. Representatives of Twitter, Facebook and RIM - the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry personal device - met with representatives of the UK government in London to discuss ways of preventing people from plotting violence online. After the meeting, the UK Home Secretary announced that the government has "no intention of restricting internet services" at this point.

Following the riots that started in London on August 6th, Prime Minister David Cameron said he was considering a social media crackdown. A few weeks ago, he said, "we are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality."

Here in Canada, a new survey found that more than eight in 10 Canadians oppose giving the government the power to access internet usage data without a warrant. The survey, commissioned by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, also found that four in 10 Canadians are now concerned that computers and the Internet pose a risk to their privacy, compared to 26% two years ago.

Jennifer Stoddart was on the show recently, and she talked about privacy and protecting your information:

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