UK Privacy Outfits Try to Block Surveillance Bill in CourtAdded: Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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The DRIP legislation cleared Commons, despite 56 MPs opposing the deal between the 3 main parties. The Open Rights Group believes that it is able to stop the bill coming into force, because the latter contradicts with a European court ruling saying that blanket data retention is against the law and breaches human rights.
According to Jim Killock, director of the Open Right Group, the UK government simply ignored the court ruling and denied the public the debate they deserve. The problem here is that the British do care about their privacy and government stitch-ups, and there are some outfits ready to protect fundamental rights.
The privacy outfit claims that blanket data retention is illegal and it would fight against the legislation. The Open Rights Group says that DRIP breaches the EU convention on human rights, along with the EU charter of fundamental rights and the UK’s human rights Act.
According to the home secretary, Theresa May, DRIP legislation was needed to put into law some powers and capabilities that exist today but were hindered by the EU court of justice decision in April, which ruled that blanket information retention is illegal and violates the right to privacy.
A number of senior academics have already referred to DRIP as a serious expansion of the UK surveillance state, which is in potential breach of European legislation. This point of view was expressed in an open letter to the full House of Commons prior to the bill being passed. In the meantime, Theresa May warned that if the government delays, it “faces the appalling prospect police operations will go dark, trails will go cold and that terrorist plots will go undetected”. Apparently, if this happens, it will be bad for many innocent lives. However, the Labour MP Tom Watson referred to the passing of the law as “democratic banditry resonant of a rogue state”, claiming that the Parliament has been insulted.
The Open Rights Group will meet with lawyers to find out the best way to take the government to court, but the outfit is open to working with anyone who is willing to help. The group is putting out a call for members to help support the fight against DRIP, pushing its participation in the defeat of the “snoopers' charter” and ACTA as an example of what it can result in.
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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
|Proving you can`t fight the government short of impeachment or a vote of no confidence with a majority vote and which the coalition government of England is not likely to vote against their own ruling,democracy in the making,we say ,you do.|
How long do we the people and users have to take before we see that we do not live in a free society where the peoples concerns are dealt with and the Government acts against the people in collusion with a foreign power in undermining their own citizens privacy,Snowden was called a traitor for far less.
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