The UK Parliament has passed the Investigatory Powers Act, the most extreme surveillance law in our history.

The UK Government has failed to respond to widespread public dismay over secret mass surveillance revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

The IPA will not only put into statute the capabilities revealed by Snowden but extend surveillance even further.

This is not just of grave concern for UK citizens. The impact of the IPA will be felt around the world. Authoritarian leaders with poor human rights records can now point to the UK when justifying their own surveillance regimes.

The IPA will affect:

Our right to privacy

Our communications, Internet use and personal data will be collected, stored and analysed, even if we are not under suspicion of a crime.

Our right to freedom of expression

Freedom of expression relies on the freedom to explore and express ideas without the threat of arbitrary, unnecessary, and disproportionate interference. The IP Bill will have a chilling effect on our freedom to share and discuss.

Investigative journalism

The IPA lacks sufficient guarantees for the protection of journalists and their sources. It also fails to require authorities to notify journalists before hacking into their devices.

The security of the Internet

Bulk hacking powers could undermine the security of the Internet for everyone.

Intelligence sharing

The IPA fails to restrain the sharing of data and integration of technology between the UK and US.

A number of DSOU members are taking legal action against the UK’s mass surveillance powers. The UK’s legal regime for bulk surveillance is being challenged in two separate cases at the ECHR, while the data retention regime is being questioned in the UK and EU courts in the Watson (previously Watson-Davis) challenge. We expect both courts to place further demands for safeguards and restraints on the highly permissive UK surveillance regime.

Since the passing of the IPA, Don't Spy on Us has stopped campaigning as a coalition. However, our members and affiliates will continue to challenge the Investigatory Powers Act and fight against mass surveillance.

Article 19
Big Brother Watch
English PEN
Foundation for Information Policy Research
National Union of Journalists
Open Rights Group
PEN International
Privacy International
Reporters Without Borders
Web Foundation 

About us

Don't Spy on Us was a coalition of the most influential organisations who defend privacy, free expression and digital rights in the UK and in Europe - Article 19, Big Brother Watch, English PEN, Liberty, Open Rights Group and Privacy International.


These organisations are affiliates to the Don't Spy on Us campaign.