Jun 14th 2017

The French-British action plan on internet security is likely to make us less, not more safe

Earlier this afternoon the Home Office published a French-British Action Plan on its website. You can read it here The “action plan” agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron outlines 4 steps for an “initiative to ensure the internet cannot be used as a safe space for terrorists and criminals”. Whilst […]

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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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Nov 17th 2016

Investigatory Powers Bill set to become Law

Yesterday the House of Lords backed down on a number of amendments about press regulation, meaning that the final text of the Investigatory Powers Bill has now been agreed by both houses of Parliament. After it receives Royal Assent it will become law. The Bill will make the UK the only European or Commonwealth country […]

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Nov 1st 2016

The Government risks undermining itself on Cyber Security

In a move which epitomises the phrase “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” the Government has rolled out its new Cyber Security Strategy on the same day its draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which has been criticised for the real threat it poses to encryption, takes its penultimate step towards becoming […]

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Aug 19th 2016

David Anderson publishes his Report of the Bulk Powers Review

The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, today published his Report of the Bulk Powers Review.  A review called for by the Labour Party as part of their concern about the Investigatory Powers Bill. The report presents the most detailed examination of the bulk powers and how they are used, or are planned […]

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