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Web founder Berners-Lee calls for online 'Magna Carta' to protect users

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:01 PM
 
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee speaks at the Nokia World event in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Sept 15, 2010. Berners-Lee, called on Wednesday for bill of rights to protect freedom of speech on the Internet and users' rights after leaks about government surveillance of online activity. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON (REUTERS) - The inventor of the world wide web, Mr Tim Berners-Lee, called on Wednesday for bill of rights to protect freedom of speech on the Internet and users' rights after leaks about government surveillance of online activity.

Exactly 25 years since the London-born computer scientist invented the web, Mr Berners-Lee said there was a need for a charter like England's historic Magna Carta to help guarantee fundamental principles online.

Web privacy and freedom have come under scrutiny since former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden last year leaked a raft of secret documents revealing a vast US government system for monitoring phone and Internet data.

Accusations that NSA was mining personal data of users of Google, Facebook, Skype and other US companies prompted President Barack Obama to announce reforms in January to scale back the NSA programme and ban eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies of the United States.

 
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