Vernon criticises plans to increase 'monitoring' powers

April 5, 2012.

 

Vernon yesterday joined MPs from Northern Ireland to criticse government plans to extend powers to monitor people's phone, email and internet records.

 

In an article for BBC News, Vernon said the government's proposals were "still very unclear".

 

"The haphazard way the government has announced and handled this is quite shocking given that these are such vital issues for our national security, personal privacy and public confidence," he said.

 

Vernon also added that it was "particularly important for public confidence in Northern Ireland" to get the right balance between preventing terrorism and protecting people's privacy.

 

Read the full article on the BBC News website here:

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