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Tim Berners-Lee Concerned with Snoopers' Charter

The founder and inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has called on the government to prove it can rebuild an electronic communication monitoring system that is accountable to UK citizens.

The call from Berners-Lee comes after the government announced plans to introduce "legislation to modernise the law on communications data."

Many fear however that the Investigatory Powers Bill will expand the controversial electronic communications surveillance powers set out in the shelved Data Communications Bill.

"The Snoopers' Charter", the bill required internet and other service providers to retain records of all communications for 12 months including emails, web phone calls and social media.

At the opening of the Southbanks Centre's Web We Want Festival on the 30th May Tim Berners-Lee discussed his concerns that a new Investigatory Powers Bill will expand authorities' abilities to monitor citizens' communications and online activities.

Berners-Lee called on the government to demonstrate that it can build a system that is accountable to UK citizens and one that makes sure the security services look at private data and that it is done with proper legal oversight.

He also lead a discussion with leading figures such as UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox and Twitter UK public policy head Nick Pickles.

Berners-Lee launched his campaign called the Web We Want, calling for a free, open and truly global internet to mark the 25th anniversary of his invention in March 2014. The campaign calls for the drafting of an "Internet Users Bill of Rights" for every country.

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