Julian Huppert (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration she is giving to (a) purchasing new capabilities to monitor social media and (b) increasing the resources her Department allocates to monitor social media.
James Brokenshire (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department; Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)
The Government are committed to a free and open internet. It is also important that law enforcement has the necessary capabilities to assess and identify potential criminality disclosed through social media and other online communication platforms. Work is under way to consider how existing capabilities within law enforcement can be enhanced. We will consider any additional resource requirements in the light of this work.