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Stopping the SNOOPERS CHARTER might be in sight

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Hina PandyaLondon, UK
Stopping the SNOOPERS CHARTER might be in sight
The Investigatory powers bill or Snoopers charter was passed into UK law in July 2016. The Court of Justice in the European Union however has ruled that these parts are unlawful, last month the High Court agreed, could this be the start of an overhaul?

The Investigatory Powers Act passed into law in 2016, despite over 200,000 people wholly against it and it's undemocratic principles.
Liberty took up the fight and launched a legal campaign that continued to challenge the UK Government’s mass surveillance programme.

Late last month the High Court delivered its judgement in a challenge brought by civil liberties organisation Liberty against the Act, agreeing with a previous Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruling that parts were unlawful.

Although the CJEU are of the opinion that "the mass retention of data and the associated chilling effects result in a disproportionate intrusion into human rights, the High Court did not go as far as ruling that the indiscriminate collection of surveillance data, or bulk data was illegal.

Currently the IP Law includes the rights for the government to collect 'bulk data' masses of data that infringe privacy of ordinary citizens.

The UK Government can now legally monitor records of everyone you text, email and call. Collating browsing history and location tracking data now stored on an industrial scale or bulk data.

Liberty, the main organisation campaigning and leading the legal channel says that

"Vast digital dossiers of your private information are now being collected with no need for suspicion of crime.

Spying on everyone like this undermines everything that’s core to our freedom and democracy. Our privacy. Our free speech and protest rights. Our free press and fair process. Doctor-patient confidentiality, legal privilege and protections for journalists’ sources and whistle-blowers"

They also make the point that sensitive personal information at huge risk from criminal hackers and foreign spies, which is even more relevant given all the worry about the Russian involvement in Western elections, and democracy.

The lay person is unaware how much their privacy is vital to a democracy, and that they shouldn't be so keen to part with it. As Liberty says above, it undermines our whole way of life and our perceptions of our reality. If someone can track what you do on line and keep all that data on you, they will know more about you than anyone you speak to. That's worth fighting this bill surely. Click the link below to help Liberty continue the challenge, and challenge the snoopers charter.

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