Snooping Law Found Illegal

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:00

Controversial surveillance legislation that was pushed through Parliament in days has been found to be unlawful by the High Court. It was found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) failed to provide clear and precise rules to protect data and that the access is not authorised by a court and independent body.

DRIP Forced Through

Friday, 18 July, 2014 - 12:00

The controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill completed its path through Parliament on Thursday 17th July in just three days. It has now received Royal Assent.

The Pirate Party and civil liberties campaigners had criticised DRIP as an attack on fundamental rights, and an extension of powers and scope of mass surveillance. Concerns were also raised about the use of emergency powers to push the legislation through, leaving little time for constituents to contact their Members of Parliament.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Radicalising the Internet – The Politics of DRIP

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Apparently there is a national emergency going on. Not that you would particularly notice, as our elected representatives have been as busy Tweeting snarky comments about the reshuffle as actually debating the future of the communications of every person in the country. And indeed beyond, if Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) bill goes through.