Ex-MI6 head: ‘We must monitor internet to stop terrorists’

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Ex-MI6 head: ‘We must monitor internet to stop terrorists’


The former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers today said that terrorists would be impossible to stop unless the internet activity of innocent people was better monitored. 


Sir John said it must be easier for security services to monitor extremists online if “Paris-style attacks” are to be avoided. 


Speaking to business leaders in London, he said there cannot be any “no-go areas” on the internet. He commented: 


“There is a dilemma because the general public, politicians and technology companies, to some extent, want us to be able to monitor the activities of terrorists and other evil-doers but they don't want their own activities to be open to any such monitoring.


“The benefit of the last 18 months' debate is that people now understand that is not possible”. 
 
Scott Bryant from Buzzfeed joined the Evening News to discuss whether a formal relationship between the security services and internet companies could work, whether it would affect journalism and online content and whether it is necessary or not for all online communication is monitored.
 

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