Jul 7th 2016

IOCCO report reveals truth behind secret Section 94

The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) has published its first report looking at the now avowed Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984. The report is the first insight we have had into the use of this until recently totally secret capability. Section 94 we now know has been and is still, a widely […]

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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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Sep 10th 2013

Part 2 of the Lobbying Bill should be withdrawn

Part 2 of the Lobbying Bill is a significant change and proposes regulating a broad swathe of those most active in public debate. It poses a major threat to freedom of speech and public debate, and must be considered in the most delicate manner. It has already achieved unprecedented cross-party, non-partisan agreement in opposition to […]

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Aug 22nd 2013

Legal justification for Miranda detention deeply flawed

Writing in today’s Guardian, Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor who helped introduce the Terrorism Act 2000, has laid bare the increasingly clear case that the police acted unlawfully in detaining David Miranda under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. “The Terrorism Act defines a terrorist as someone “involved in committing preparing or instigating […]

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Jun 26th 2013

A failiure of oversight that goes beyond the police

The revelations about the Metropolitan Police’s efforts to discredit the family of Steven Lawrence have rightly brought cross-party condemnation. Taken alongside disclosures from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the wider questions about the oversight of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies are too important to ignore. As David Davis MP wrote in the Guardian: “Sadly this […]

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