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Government IS breaking the law by collecting everyone's internet and call data and accessing it with no independent sign-off and no suspicion of serious crime

21 December 2016

  • In first major post-Brexit judgment involving the UK, Court of Justice of the EU backs Tom Watson MP, represented by Liberty, in landmark challenge to Government surveillance
  • Ruling effectively means significant parts of the new Investigatory Powers Act are unlawful and must be urgently changed
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Liberty responds to HMIC Report revealing hundreds of police officers have been accused of sexual exploitation

08 December 2016

Responding to revelations contained in a HMIC Report that more than 300 police officers have been accused of using their position to sexually exploit people, including victims of crime, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

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Government ignores social workers, campaigners, Lords and more than 100,000 petitioners and forces child protection opt-outs back into Children and Social Work Bill

05 December 2016

The Government has ignored social workers, children’s rights campaigners, more than 100,000 members of the public and the House of Lords and revived plans to let councils opt out of more than 80 years of child protection laws.

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Liberty responds to Theresa May's planned 'deprioritisation' of school places for illegal migrant children

01 December 2016

Leaked Home Office documents have today revealed that Theresa May planned to 'deprioritise' school places for children of illegal migrants when Home Secretary.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This was a dangerous, mean-spirited and small-minded proposal. The Prime Minister should be building a fair, inclusive nation for us all – instead she still seems bent on fuelling mistrust and discrimination.

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Liberty responds to the Snoopers' Charter becoming law after receiving royal assent

29 November 2016

Following news that the Investigatory Powers Act has now been given royal assent, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said:

“It’s a sad day for our democracy as this Bill – with its eye-wateringly intrusive powers and flimsy safeguards – becomes law."

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Rough sleepers’, protesters’ and disabled residents’ rights at risk: Liberty urges Enfield Council to abandon discriminatory PSPO plans

25 November 2016

Liberty has written to Enfield Council urging it to abandon proposals that could penalise the vulnerable and chip away at residents’ civil liberties.

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Liberty Director Martha Spurrier meets American Civil Liberties Union counterpart Anthony Romero in wake of Trump victory

22 November 2016

Liberty Director Martha Spurrier has held her first meeting with her counterpart at sister organisation the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory and the passing of the UK’s Snoopers’ Charter.

The meeting in New York saw Martha and Anthony Romero, the ACLU’s Executive Director, discuss the acute threats to rights and freedoms on both sides of the Atlantic.

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"See you in Court" - Liberty responds to passing of the Snoopers' Charter

17 November 2016

Following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Bill by Parliament, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said:

"The passage of the Snoopers' Charter through Parliament is a sad day for British liberty. Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the state has achieved totalitarian-style surveillance powers – the most intrusive system of any democracy in human history. It has the ability to indiscriminately hack, intercept, record, and monitor the communications and internet use of the entire population.

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Liberty urges the Prime Minister to scrap plans allowing councils to opt out of child protection obligations following defeat in the Lords

08 November 2016

In response to Peers voting against Government plans to allow local councils to opt out of over 80 years of child protection legislation, Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said:

“Our child protection laws are the result of a century of learning, public debate and parliamentary scrutiny – but, with no research or proper consultation, this Government has decided they are dispensable.

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