The government published the final coalition agreement this week. The government proposes to:
End the storage of internet and email records without good reason;
This is good. The cost to industry was going to be enormous to do this. This might well also affect the government’s thinking in respect of the Intercept Modernisation Programme (IMP). IMP is a whole different can of beans whereby ISPs were going to potentially be asked for all sorts of interception and tracking involvement by the Big Brothers.
Ban the use of powers in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by councils, unless they are signed off by a magistrate and required for stopping serious crime;
This had apparently been subject to “abuse” by councils using RIPA as a tool for sortig out their own local disputes. It is good move.
Ensure that BT and other infrastructure providers allow the use of their assets to deliver the superfast broadband;
Poles, ducts and cabinets to name but a few.
Introduce superfast broadband in remote areas at the same time as in more populated areas and use part of the TV license fee that is supporting the digital switchover to fund broadband in areas that the market alone will not reach.
Lets get on with it. Needs more effort. Could do better.
No sign of the repeal of the Digital Economy Act unfortunately. They are going to “see how it goes”. Word is that the filtering might not make it through the first few months of this parliament as this was not something covered by the initial Bill but introduced on the fly (in a rush – call it what you want).