Data Retention Directive

Threat to Force Through Snoopers' Charter

Friday, 23 January, 2015 - 10:00

A cross-party group of peers has proposed forcing through the text of the Communications Data Bill by inserting it in to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill going through parliament. This would leave just days to consider complex legislation that has already been rejected.

The Communications Data Bill was widely criticised as a "Snoopers' Charter" that attacked innocent citizens' privacy and opened the door legitimising the mass surveillance already in place as revealed by the Snowden leaks.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said: 

Stop DRIP

STOP DRIP - No to Mass Surveillance

In one short week, the UK Parliament is set to ram through a new bill on mass surveillance. It is the "Data Retention and Investigatory Powers" Bill, AKA DRIP. Even though the Government says it will change nothing, it will in fact attack our right to a private life and extend mass surveillance further.

  • DRIP will undermine human rights

  • DRIP was a stitch up between the 3 main parties behind closed doors

  • DRIP tightens the grip of mass surveillance 

  • DRIP will extend surveillance powers

  • DRIP will be forced through in less than a week, with no proper scrutiny

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill will allow the state to force Internet and phone companies to store your personal data so it can be accessed at will by a large number of public bodies.

The Home Office has claimed it's a matter of "life and death". Is you ringing your partner or family telling them you forgot to pick up the milk a matter of life and death? Under DRIP it is, and you need to be recorded.

Surveillance Stitch Up to be Rushed Through

Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 10:15

Legislation described as "emergency" will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to keep records of phone calls, texts and internet use. The proposals were agreed by all three main parties out of public view in the course of this week.

This follows a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such powers entail "a wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".

Victory For Euro Consumers As EU Votes To End Roaming Charges, Guarantee Net Neutrality

 Some big advances today in the often frustrating, slow moving world of communications regulation: the European Union has voted in favor of ending mobile roaming charges, and also in favor of guaranteeing net neturality on data networks....

  

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 - 03:30

Victory as Court Rules EU Data Retention Law Interferes with Fundamental Rights

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014 - 11:30

The Court of Justice of the European Union today declared that the Data Retention Directive is incompatible with the Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights after a reference by Irish and Austrian courts.

The Court found that the Directive "entails an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population", concluding that there is a "is there a general absence of limits" in the legislation.