Liberty wins first battle in landmark challenge to mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act

27 April 2018

In a landmark victory for privacy rights, the High Court has today ruled part of the Government’s flagship surveillance law, the Investigatory Powers Act, is unlawful – following a legal challenge from human rights campaigning organisation Liberty.

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European Court of Human Rights to hear landmark challenge to UK Government mass surveillance

06 November 2017

The case is the latest stage in a protracted effort from the organisations to challenge the UK’s extremely wide-ranging surveillance powers following startling revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

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A clear message to our Government: your Snoopers' Charter will breach British people’s fundamental rights

Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has delivered a forceful opinion which should cause the Government to seriously consider revising the Investigatory Powers Bill currently before Parliament – or face the prospect of further legal challenges.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Government has set review of bulk powers an impossible task

Anything less than a thorough, comprehensive and procedurally irreproachable review will do a disservice to this important public debate. But, by undermining due process from the start, the Government has set the panel what looks like an impossible task.

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A review of the bulk powers in the Snoopers' Charter is welcome - but the Government must get it right

After consistent lobbying by the Labour party and Liberty, Home Secretary Theresa May has finally announced that there will be a review of bulk powers.
 
The Government’s outgoing Reviewer of Terror Legislation, David Anderson QC, is to conduct a review of practices first revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden that Government is now seeking to retrospectively legitimise via powers contained the Snoopers’ Charter. 

The news has been given a cautious welcome at Liberty HQ. 

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Human rights in the headlines: a pro-Snowden James Bond and the spectre of the Snoopers' Charter

This was the week we learnt that James Bond’s latest incarnation is “sexily pro-Snowden”. As always, 007’s timing is impeccable – because this was also the week that saw the spectre of the Snoopers’ Charter return with a vengeance.

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“Undemocratic, unnecessary and – in the long run – intolerable”: Government reviewer condemns Britain’s snooping laws

11 June 2015

Liberty has welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance.

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No Snoopers' Charter - Stop Comms Data Bill

Campaigning for an end to blanket surveillance of the entire population.

The path to mass surveillance

A quick look across the Atlantic this week serves as a timely reminder that securocrat ambition for mass surveillance knows no bounds.

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Playing politics with fear

The opportunistic response to the shocking murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich continues apace as yet more politicians take to the papers and airwaves to demand the revival of the dreaded Draft Communications Data Bill. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and others have today spoken of their support for the “Snoopers’ Charter”, which Home Secretary Theresa May suggests she may try to resurrect after last week’s horror. Murmurings from senior Labour figures hint that they might back a scaled-down version of the Bill.

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