Internet companies warn over government email surveillance plans
Firms concerned that coalition’s proposals to monitor email and social media could be misused by autocratic regimes
Internet firms have warned that proposed government powers to monitor public emails could be misused by autocratic regimes. Photograph: Alamy
Internet firms have warned that government plans to monitor email and social media use in Britain are liable to be used by repressive regimes elsewhere in the world to justify their state surveillance.
No internet business was willing to offer a public criticism of the coalition’s proposal on Monday, but many privately raised fears over the legalising of a power to see who is contacting whom online in real time.