Open Rights Group has responded to the publication of the Investigatory Powers Bill.
Executive Director Jim Killock said:
“The Home Office is treating the British public with contempt if it thinks it's acceptable to rush a Bill of this magnitude through Parliament. MPs and peers need sufficient time to consider the fundamental threats to our privacy and security posed by the Investigatory Powers Bill. Many have their minds elsewhere, dealing with important decisions about Europe.”
“On first reading, the revised Bill barely pays lip service to the concerns raised by the committees that scrutinised the draft Bill. If passed, it would mean that the UK has one of the most draconian surveillance laws of any democracy, with mass surveillance powers to monitor every citizen's browsing history.”
Experts call for delay
Over 100 people and organisations have signed a public letter calling for the Government to stop rushing the Bill through Parliament. The signatories include MPs, academics, lawyers, human rights activists representatives from the tech industry:
Report to MPs
The Don’t Spy on Us coalition have published a report for MPs, summarising the flaws that experts have identified.
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