Nov 30th 2017

Home Office consultation on Watson judgment could change the Investigatory Powers Act – for better or worse

The Home Office have today announced a consultation on the UK’s legal communications data retention regime – a consultation which will impact the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. This is hugely important, as once again it will change the laws which the Government use to access people’s communications data – the information which says who sent […]

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Dec 21st 2016

CJEU judgment says UK Government’s bulk retention of our communications data is illegal

The Court of Justice of the European Union today published the final judgment in relation to the Tom Watson MP (and formerly David Davis MP) case regarding the lawfulness of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA). The court has ruled that: Communications data (the who, when, what and where of our telephone and […]

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Jul 19th 2016

CJEU Advocate General opinion could rewrite IP Bill

Today the European Court of Justice Advocate General Saugmandsgaard ØE has published his opinion to the Tom Watson (and formerly David Davis) case regarding the lawfulness of DRIPA. This opinion pre-empts the final judgment which is due later in the year. The opinion makes for some interesting reading, particularly in light of the ongoing Investigatory […]

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Jul 17th 2015

DRIPA “unlawful” according to High Court judgment

A year to the day that DRIPA was enacted its early demise has been confirmed in the High Court. Today’s judgment in the judicial review brought by David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP is a huge blow to the Government. The Court has found DRIPA to be unlawful, proving that rushing emergency legislation through […]

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