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Email to Alan Duncan, MP

I’ve just emailed my local MP about the government’s latest plans to legislate for the blanket collection of metadata (phone calls, text messages, emails, browsing history…). I thought I’d share my email here:


Dear sir,

I’m writing to express my concern about the government’s plans to rush through legislation requiring all service providers to retain records regarding emails, text messages, phone calls, browsing history etc. This Orwellian act is worrying at best.

Theresa May said earlier today that all of the recent investigations into significant terrorist threats involved the interception of data. Given that this took place without any such legislation in place, I struggle to understand why the legislation is necessary.

I also refuse to accept the false reasoning that if I’m not doing anything wrong then I have nothing to fear. Sir, I am doing nothing wrong when I sit on my toilet. I would appreciate it if I wasn’t watched in the act though.

Legislation like this should, at the very least, be given enough time in parliament for a full discussion to take place before MPs vote on it. It is my understanding that the blanket retention of data in such a way as is proposed in this legislation was considered to be unlawful and an infringement of the right to privacy by the Court of Justice of the EU.

I look forward to receiving your considered response.

Yours sincerely,


If you’d like to email your local MP, you can do so via the Open Rights Group.


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