The proposed changes
to the Regulation of Invesitgatory Powers Act (RIPA), dubbed the 'snoopers charter' have been put on hold indefinitely following a barrage of complaints from civil liberties groups and Tory MPs.

Home Secretary David Blunkett, speaking from Westminster yesterday afternoon admitted that the government had 'blundered' it's proposals.

He said the government had no intention of becoming 'big brother'.

The Home Office has also abandoned less publicised changes to the Act, which would allow named organisations, such as communications watchdog Ofsted the power to use covert surveillance in its investigations.