We know that there are many issues with the law in the UK, including laws that are either overly broad, poorly defined, or used for purposes for which they were not intended. There are a number of obvious and grave issues that we would like to address as soon as possible.
We will repeal sections 63-66 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, These overly broad powers targeted at rave culture are targeted solely at electronic and dance music and allow police officers to arrest any individual they believe might be on their way to a rave within a certain area.
We will repeal section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). Section 49 of RIPA makes it illegal to not surrender encryption keys when a notice is served, allowing a penalty of up to 2 years in jail.
Although this was originally a counter-terrorism law, it has been widely applied. A further section of the act (54) stops you telling anyone about the request for information from the moment you are given the notice.
We will repeal sections 142-149 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. In a democratic society it is absurd that there are restrictions on protest in and around the seat of government. We will remove specific provisions prohibiting protest around Westminster.
We will conduct a review of the Communications Act Section 127. Clarification of elements of the Communications Act are required to ensure that it is brought into line with how people use the Internet and modern electronic communications. We should not live in a country where people are arrested for making jokes on social media platforms.
We will conduct a review of the 'Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005'. When it was initially enacted, measures in the Act were opposed by a number of human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, JUSTICE and Liberty. Criticism of the Act included complaints about the range of restrictions that could be imposed, the use of closed proceedings and special advocates to hear secret evidence against detainees, and the possibility that evidence against detainees may include evidence obtained in other countries by torture.
Whilst some of these objections havebeen addressed, the issues they present remain. A thorough review of terrorism legislation is again needed to ensure that we have the right powers to deal with the threat, rather than simply broader powers that leave us all a little bit less free.