The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has said that the current piecemeal framework which governs how our intelligence services operate is unnecessarily complicated, resulting in a lack of transparency that is not in the public interest.
Its inquiry has looked at the impact intrusive surveillance activities have on privacy. It was sparked after whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed US and UK mass surveillance programmes and detailed extensive internet and phone surveillance.
The ISC is recommending a new Act of Parliament to govern the intelligence and security Agencies. The legislation should clearly set out the intrusive powers available to the Agencies, the purposes for which they may use them, and the authorisation required before they may do so.
Andy Halsall, Pirate Party Candidate for Sheffield Central said:
"This review was overdue. It's unfortunate that the report and subsequent recommendations were not put together by the ISC as part of its oversight function, but instead were prompted only when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on excessive surveillance. Without those leaks, we would not be debating these issues, or hearing about the serious concerns and proposed changes outlined in this report."
"Without Snowden, we would be less aware and less free."