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Coalition agreement: civil liberties and human rights, ID cards, CCTV, DNA, terrorism legislation

2010 May 14
by Mary Munro

This is the section of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition agreement headed ‘civil liberties’.

“The parties agree to implement a full programme of measures to reverse the substantial erosion of civil liberties under the Labour government and roll back state intrusion.

This will include:

•A freedom or great repeal bill;
•The scrapping of the ID card scheme, the national identity register, the next generation of biometric passports and the Contact Point database;
• Outlawing the fingerprinting of children at school without parental permission;
• The extension of the scope of the Freedom of Information Act to provide greater transparency;
• Adopting the protections of the Scottish model for the DNA database;
• The protection of historic freedoms through the defence of trial by jury;
• The restoration of rights to non-violent protest;
• The review of libel laws to protect freedom of speech;
• Safeguards against the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation;
• Further regulation of CCTV;
• Ending of storage of internet and email records without good reason;
• A new mechanism to prevent the proliferation of unnecessary new criminal offences.”

“Cameron will scale back database state” Guardian
“Government scraps Labour plans in bonfire of the policies” Independent

See also

Identity and Passport Service
Coalition agreement May 2010

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