So Theresa May wants to get her Investigatory Powers Bill (the Snooper’s Charter) into law by the end of the year, does she?
This will be the Bill that failed to “cover all the intrusive spying powers of the security agencies and lacks clarity in its privacy protections“, according to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee last month.
The same committee said “it was evident that even those working on the legislation had not always been clear about what it was intended to achieve”.
Suddenly, all that has been cleaned up?
This Blog has only one note to make in response – as put forward by a certain comedian in July 2014:
Powers for the police to access everyone’s web browsing histories and to hack into phones are to be expanded under the latest version of the snooper’s charter legislation.
The extension of police powers contained in the investigatory powers bill indicates the determination of the home secretary, Theresa May, to get her legislation on to the statute book by the end of this year despite sweeping criticism by three separate parliamentary committees in the past month.
The bill is designed to provide the first comprehensive legal framework for state surveillance powers anywhere in the world. It has been developed in response to the disclosure of state mass surveillance programmes by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. The government hopes it will win the backing of MPs by the summer and by the House of Lords this autumn.
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