The decision by the government to reduce parliamentary scrutiny of the Investigatory Powers Bill has been condemned by civil liberties groups and technology experts. The draft Bill and explanatory notes, which run to 299 pages, will now only receive three weeks scrutiny in order to drive the legislation through parliament in the New Year.
The draft Investigatory Powers Bill was published today. Don't Spy on Us have been calling for a new legal framework since the Snowden revelations. Over the next weeks, we will be examining the detail of the 300 page draft to see if it meets our six principles for reform. However, here are initial responses by members of the Don't Spy on Us coalition.
Since the launch of the Don't Spy On Us campaign, a series of major inquiries was announced in response to the public and civil society’s demand for greater transparency. All have concluded that the law needs wholesale reform. This paper outlines where there is now consensus to reform the law in the UK and how this could provide a framework for forthcoming primary legislation.
Today’s report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) into the Snowden revelations has admitted for the first time that wholesale reform of the law covering GCHQ and the intelligence agencies is needed after May’s general election.