Draft snooper’s charter ‘fails on spying powers and privacy protections’

The bill aims to establish a fresh legal framework for for the capabilites of security agencies to track phone and internet use. It seems the people working on it were not aware of this [Image: Dave Thompson/PA].

Another botched bill from our bungling Conservative Government?

Or will we find that there are “unintended consequences”, after this mess has been passed by the animals on the Tory back benches, that create even more serious restrictions on the freedoms of every UK citizen?

Following on from what This Blog said yesterday, the Labour Party, the SNP and anyone else who opposes the Conservatives will have to go through this draconian piece of legislation with the aid of experts, to tease out all the evil details that the Tories won’t tell us.

And they’ll have to check all associated legalities as well – Statutory Instruments and so on.

Our freedoms are being eroded by an organisation that lyingly claims to be the ‘Party of Choice’.

We need to get smart, and we need to stop letting these people get away with it.

Theresa May’s draft “snooper’s charter” bill fails to cover all the intrusive spying powers of the security agencies and lacks clarity in its privacy protections, a parliamentary committee has said.

The intelligence and security committee said the draft legislation published by the home secretary suffered from a lack of sufficient time and preparation. It was evident that even those working on the legislation had not always been clear about what it was intended to achieve, it said.

The unexpectedly critical intervention by the ISC, which is nominated by the prime minister and chaired by the former Conservative attorney general, Dominic Grieve, comes just two days before a key scrutiny committee of MPs and peers is to deliver its verdict on the draft legislation aimed at regulating the surveillance powers of the security agencies.

The draft investigatory powers bill will include new powers for the security agencies to access the web browsing histories of UK citizens for up to 12 months, as well as establishing a fresh legal framework for their existing capabilities to track web and phone use and engage in computer hacking.

Source: Draft snooper’s charter ‘fails on spying powers and privacy protections’ | World news | The Guardian

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