The Charter would require internet companies to keep a record of all websites visited by every single member of the public.
Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Simon Hughes said: "It is vital that the police and intelligence agencies are able to investigate and prosecute terrorists, including surveillance of communications. The Liberal Democrats have moved quickly in Government to plug the gaps in existing legislation to bolster these abilities. Future security measures must be proportionate, justified and necessary - and not trample on our civil liberties. The so-called Snoopers’ Charter, which would see the internet browsing of every single citizen stored for a year, fails these very reasonable precautions."
"The idea that you protect free speech by spying on every law-abiding person in this country is a contradiction in terms. You can’t have an open society if you are constantly worried that the state is prying into your daily life." Mr Hughes added.