A Digital Bill of Rights to protect people’s privacy and give them more control over their data online would be introduced as part of a Liberal Democrat manifesto for the next election.
The plans also include outlawing ‘revenge porn’ and the posting of intimate or pornographic photographs of a person without their consent.
The new policy will be voted on at the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference and would establish rights for British residents in the digital environment.
The proposals include a ban on the mass collection of data from British residents by police and security services and ensure the authorities can only access personal data where an individual is suspected of taking part in illegal activity.
The Liberal Democrats’ plans would also ensure that powers of surveillance are not extended without Parliamentary approval.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Julian Huppert said:
"The Liberal Democrats are committed to a free, fair, and open society where civil liberties are safeguarded as well as ensuring we protect our country.
"The Digital Bill of Rights we are proposing will protect our fundamental liberties online. They mean that British residents will be protected from unwarranted state surveillance, while still maintaining the ability for our security services to deal with serious threats.
"Protecting people’s privacy is an essential part of building the society we want to live in, and when people violate that, there have to be proportionate powers available to hold those responsible to account."