DON’T SPY ON US

The UK's intelligence services can process 21 petabytes of data per day - that's 39 billion pieces of information that could be the private data of any citizen. This mass surveillance violates your privacy and chills free speech across the globe. The current law offers little protection. We are calling for reform of the legal framework so the intelligence agencies stop spying on us.

TAKE ACTION
TAKE ACTION
AGAINST
MASS STATE SURVEILLANCE

The current laws haven't stopped the intelligence services expanding their reach into our private lives. Don't Spy On Us is calling for an inquiry to investigate the extent to which the law has failed and suggest new legislation that will make the spooks accountable to our elected representatives, put an end to mass surveillance in line with our 6 principles and let judges not the Home Secretary decide when spying is justified.

Mass surveillance violates the European Convention on Human Rights

Mass or blanket surveillance contravenes Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life) and Article 10 (the right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly stated that surveillance, if conducted without adequate judicial oversight and with no effective safeguards against abuse, will never be compatible with the European Convention.

Mass surveillance is increasing

As we now know, the Snowden revelations have shown the law is still so broad it grants the intelligence agencies enough powers to engage in mass population surveillance.

The UK has rapidly expanded its surveillance capabilities over recent years through new legislation in Parliament. In 2013, the government tried to extend these powers further through the draft Communications Data Bill. Luckily, campaigning groups and charities managed to stop the government but this success was limited.

Parliamentary oversight must become the norm

Parliamentary oversight of the intelligence agencies is limited and lacks real independence. We know that mass surveillance has become more intrusive, but we just don't know how many people are affected because GCHQ won't tell us or even Parliamentarians what it is up to.

Don't Spy On Us is calling for a new Parliamentary Bill to make the spooks accountable to our elected representatives, to put an end to mass surveillance and let judges, not the Home Secretary, decide when spying is justified.

Support these key principles:
1
NO SURVEILLANCE
WITHOUT SUSPICION

Mass surveillance must end. Surveillance is only legitimate when it is targeted, authorised by a warrant, and is necessary and proportionate.

2
TRANSPARENT LAWS,
NOT SECRET LAWS

The Government is using secret agreements and abusing archaic laws. We need a clear legal framework governing surveillance to protect our rights.

3
JUDICIAL NOT POLITICAL
AUTHORISATION

Ministers should not have the power to authorise surveillance. All surveillance should be sanctioned by an independent judge on a case-by-case basis.

4
EFFECTIVE DEMOCRATIC
OVERSIGHT

Parliament has failed to hold the intelligence agencies to account. Parliamentary oversight must be independent of the executive, properly resourced, and able to command public confidence through regular reporting and public sessions.

5
THE RIGHT
TO REDRESS

Innocent people have had their rights violated. Everyone should have the right to challenge surveillance in an open court.

6
A SECURE WEB
FOR ALL

Weakening the general security and privacy of communications systems erodes protections for everyone, and undermines trust in digital services. Secret operations by government agencies should be targeted, and not attack widely used technologies, protocols and standards.

Sign to Support the principles
Why support us?
The Don't Spy On Us campaign calls for an inquiry to suggest new legislation that will make spies accountable to our elected representatives; put an end to mass surveillance in line with our 6 principles and to let judges not the Home Secretary decide when spying is justified.

Why should I sign?

> GCHQ won't tell us how much data it is collecting or for what reason
> If democracies turn a blind eye to mass surveillance, dictatorships will build ever more dystopian surveillance programmes.
> It's illegal. The international legal framework on this is clear. Mass or blanket surveillance contravenes Article 8 (the right to respect for private and family life) and Article 10 (the right to freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
What should I tell my MP?

> MPs should back the Don't Spy On Us 6 principles to reform surveillance.
> Parliament needs an independent inquiry, to report before the next general election, to recommend legislative reform.
> Parliament must do a better job of holding the intelligence agencies to account.

About us

Don't Spy On Us is a coalition of the most influential organisations who defend privacy, free expression and digital rights in the UK and in Europe.

We've come together to fight back against the system of unfettered mass state surveillance that Edward Snowden exposed. Right now, the UK’s intelligence services are conducting mass surveillance that violates the right to privacy of internet users and chills freedom of expression.

The current laws haven't stopped the intelligence services expanding their reach into our private lives. Don't Spy On Us is calling for an inquiry to investigate the extent to which the law has failed and suggest new legislation that will make the spooks accountable to our elected representatives, put an end to mass surveillance in line with our 6 principles and let judges not the Home Secretary decide when spying is justified.

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