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.

“The Home Secretary is right that the Government has a duty to protect us, but these measures won’t do the job. Instead they open every detail of every citizen’s online life up to state eyes, drowning the authorities in data and putting innocent people’s personal information at massive risk.

“This new law is world-leading – but only as a beacon for despots everywhere. The campaign for a surveillance law fit for the digital age continues, and must now move to the courts."

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