Snoopers' Charter won't be part of the Counter Terrorism bill

The attempt to insert the bulk of the Communications Data Bill (CDB) into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) by a quartet of Lords has been dropped. The proposed amendments to the CTSB were withdrawn after debate.

The cross-party group of four Lords included former Conservative defence secretary Lord King, Liberal Democrat former reviewer of counter-terror laws, Lord Carlile, the former Labour defence minister, Lord West, and former Metropolitan police commissioner, Lord Blair.

The Pirate Party's Andy Halsall said:

"It's great that after a weekend of uncertainty, the threat of the Snoopers' Charter being passed as part of current terrorism legislation has been withdrawn. The absurdity of trying to get such a misguided and dangerous legislation on to the statute books was only matched by the process being used to do it.

The Snoopers' Charter itself has been controversial. It poses a significant threat to privacy and hands more powers to a government that still has questions to answer about its surveillance activities.  The Charter has already been broadly criticised within parliament and elsewhere. I think it's clear that these amendments should never have been offered.

The debate itself showed the clear divisions between those who want to rush sweeping security legislation into law and those who respect civil liberties. For now though, we have a success story; liberty not fear prevailed and the amendment was withdrawn."

Monday, 26 January, 2015 - 20:15
Andy Halsall
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