November 30, 2017

ORG Responds to Government's proposed changes to the Investigatory Powers Act

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 Consultation on the Government’s proposed response to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group said:

"The government has evaded the main point of the Watson judgment: they cannot keep data on a blanket basis.

"Without narrowing what they keep to specific places, incidents or investigations, these changes will not meet the standards set by the courts.

"Combined with the so-called Request Filter, which could be a power for a police search engine for retained data, this will remain an incredibly intrusive surveillance power, unparalleled in democratic countries.”

Notes for the editor

Following a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union setting out the requirements for data retention schemes to be considered compliant with EU law, the Government has opened a consulation on a proposed a series of changes in an attempt to ensure UK law is brought in to line.