After the Home Secretary announced that the Intercept Modernisation Programme (IMP) was not going to be included in the Queen’s Speech, but that it was to be the subject of a public consultation, the Home Office has replied to the Open Rights Group’s August 2008 FOI request for information about the proposed scheme for spying into all our communications.
Well, unsurprisingly, they have clammed up almost entirely. The pdf response is here; the ORG article is here; one of the documents supplied is here. Of course, any political moves with any kind of claim to be associated with national security can probably claim to be exempt from the FOI act. It’s to be hoped that the ORG will continue chasing the information in the run upto the publict consultation exercise our increasingly authoritarian Home Secretary will actually emark on in the New Year.