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Sir Tim Berners Lee attacks government invasion of privacy

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Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that it was moves by governments to control or spy on the internet that 'keep him up most at night'.

The government's controversial plans to allow intelligence agencies to monitor the internet use and digital communications of every person in the UK suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday when the inventor of the world wide web warned that the measures were dangerous and should be dropped.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who serves as an adviser to the government on how to make public data more accessible, says the extension of the state's surveillance powers would be a "destruction of human rights" and would make a huge amount of highly intimate information vulnerable to theft or release by corrupt officials. In an interview with the Guardian, Berners-Lee said: "The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing. . .

The government has not suggested any overview protocols.

We do not believe there are any protocols that could resist corruption and exploitation.

Sir Tim: "The most important thing to do is to stop the bill as it is at the moment."

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