The Investigatory Powers Bill Marches On

Mathew Sayer In the News

The Investigatory Powers Bill has passed its second reading in the House of Commons. With Labour and large numbers the SNP abstaining the bill passed with 266 votes for and 15 against. The bill will now move into the committee stage during which evidence from experts and interest groups will be considered. “We are supposed to debate [the bill], and each of us will have six minutes [to comment on the bill and suggest amendments] in a speech. It’s undemocratic. We ought to have a couple of days on the …

UK Government rushing IP Bill through Parliament

Mathew Sayer In the News

The IP Bill that we covered recently has a date for its second reading- the 15th of March. A draft copy of the bill was published in November 2015 to allow for pre-legislative scrutiny by committees and independent analysts. You can read the draft here. The #IPBill – over 800 pages. Does the Government really think it is wise to rush this through Parliament? pic..com/m6AoJ4NOGL — David Davis MP (@DavidDavisMP) 1 March 2016 Not wanting to be caught without legal cover the government is urgently pushing the bill through the House …

Return of the Snooper’s Charter

Mathew Sayer In the News

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) is the latest bid to legitimize surveillance in the UK post-Snowden. A previous version of the bill failed in 2013 when the Liberal Democrats, a minority coalition partner at the time, vetoed it. That act of valor could not save the Lib Dems, and they lost 93% of their MPs in the 2015 General Election. In that election, the Conservatives won a shaky majority, formed a government, harvested the organs of the Draft Communications Data Bill, stuck that in the Queen’s Speech and now …