Liberty is calling for a re-draft and the inclusion of strong safeguards in the Government’s Draft Investigatory Powers Bill. Our Eight-Point Plan lays out clear, practical ways we can guarantee surveillance is conducted in a necessary, proportionate and accountable way.
It’s vital the final Bill includes measures to improve transparency and redress mechanisms for people who’ve been spied on. These safeguards would provide much needed accountability for the use of intrusive surveillance powers by public bodies.
The 300-page Draft Investigatory Powers Bill is so filled with technical jargon that the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee labelled it “confusing”. Here, we break down the language barrier that shields this crucial piece of legislation from much-needed public scrutiny.