According to a Covert Intelligence Bill to be passed in Lords, UK, children under the age of 18 years will be allowed to work as undercover secret agents for federal agencies like National Crime Agency (NCA), MI5, MI6, Gambling Commission and other councils and district administrators like Food Standards Agency heads.
What’s more in the bill is that some kids in teenage might also get the power to spy on their parents if they are indulging in any unlawful activity like drug sell, child trafficking, child abuse, human trafficking, terrorism, and such. And this includes spying on their online and mobile phone activities.
Spy Kids that are assigned undercover work will be tagged as Juvenile Covert Human Intelligence Sources (JCHIS) and only those in 16 and 17 will be allowed to scout on their parents and gather evidence if they fail in fulfilling their parental responsibilities.
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England has called for the ban on such law before it could draw flak from other age groups as she calls the use of child spies as unnecessary as it could diver the interests of children and their development in society.
James Brokenshire, the security minister from London, has condemned the introduction of the bill as it also allows the undercover agents with the license to kill- only under special circumstances.
Although few details about the bill are out in public, the legislation also aims to protect the spy kids from legal prosecution, if they are forced to break the law under circumstances.
Britain is said to introduce the bill in this year after it reaches to formal legislation regarding Brexit- only after the second wave of Corona Virus strain subsides; and is sure that such rarely used sensation driven legislative acts in the world will prove needful when the right time arrives.