Government defeated as ‘snoopers charter’ ruled unlawful – but is the damage already done?

Facepalm: Theresa May’s “snooper’s charter” is against the law, yet the person who drafted this illegal legislation is now prime minister. Doesn’t that seem wrong to you?

The Court of Appeal’s ruling – that Theresa May’s “snoopers’ charter” breaches human rights – is exactly as some of us have been claiming for years.

But will the Tory government pay attention to the ruling?

So much of the Conservatives’ legislation has been proven unlawful since 2010, it is a shocking indictment of the Tories’ policies.

Far too often, even if the government changes a rotten law, the damage has already been done.

How much harm have the Tories already managed with this one?

The British Government’s spying legislation is unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled. The decision follows similar findings from the European Court of Justice and the High Court in London.

Tom Watson MP and the human rights organisation Liberty had challenged the legality of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) after it was introduced by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

When the law expired at the end of 2016 it was replaced with The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), which continued to give the Government most of the same surveillance powers it had under DRIPA.

While a separate legal challenge to the IPA will be heard at the end of February, today’s judgement has established that many of its provisions are unlawful and must be changed.

The Court of Appeal ruling found that, because DRIPA powers were used for purposes other than to fight serious crime, and access requests were not subject to prior review by a court or some other independent body, the legislation was in breach of human rights law.

Today’s decision by the Court of Appeal means that the government will almost certainly have to amend the Investigatory Power Act to protect our human rights.

Source: Government Defeated As ‘Snoopers Charter’ Ruled Unlawful – RightsInfo

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