Petition lodged with local MP says Government should 'Respect... privacy'

Written by Scott Campbell - EXCLUSIVE.
Published at 17:46 BST on Saturday 23rd June 2012.
The UK's top online petition community has officially lodged a petition with Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP Gregg McClymont calling for the Government to "Respect our privacy. Stop the internet and phone snooping plan."
The petition, which has so far been lodged with MPs in almost fifty parliamentary constituencies, was handed in to Mr McClymont MP at his Lennox House office, yesterday (Friday 22nd June), by local 38 Degrees member John Miller.
In an email to members, 38 Degrees, said that "Gregg McClymont has the power to challenge the government’s plans to spy on all of us and it's his job to listen to voters in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East."
Already almost 190'000 people have signed up to the online petition, with 38 Degrees hoping to gather 200'000 signatures nationwide.
In an online statement, 38 Degrees say: "The government has set out its new plans for the year ahead in the Queen’s Speech. It’s just what we feared: they want new powers to invade our privacy.

"They plan to collect and keep information on all of us about who we call, text and email, and which websites we visit. And they won’t need a warrant or reason.

The statement adds: "Our civil liberties have taken a battering in recent years from politicians of all backgrounds. Now it’s time to for us to push back."