Conservative Government’s “landmark” Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent

A “landmark” document produced by the Conservative Government which sets out and governs the powers available to the police and the security and intelligence agencies when it comes to gathering and accessing electronic communications has received Royal Assent. The Investigatory...
Posted On 08 Dec 2016

Intelligence and Security Committee issues damning verdict on Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has now published its detailed assessment report on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, with the latter representing the first major piece of legislation governing the security and intelligence agencies’ powers in over...
Posted On 09 Feb 2016
The High Court in London

DRIPA challenge by MPs: “Government’s surveillance law is unlawful” rules High Court

Having duly assessed a strong and bold challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson who were represented by Liberty, the High Court has subsequently found that Sections 1 and 2 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (otherwise known as DRIPA) are...
Posted On 22 Jul 2015
Professor Michael Clarke (director general at RUSI) outlines the findings of the Independent Surveillance Review Panel

Independent Surveillance Review calls for “fresh start” to the law on interception of communications

Following on from 12 months of thorough investigation and consultation, the Independent Surveillance Review has now delivered its conclusions to Prime Minister David Cameron in the form of a report entitled: ‘A Democratic Licence to Operate’ which duly states that a new and...
Posted On 20 Jul 2015
Shami Chakrabarti: director of Liberty

Liberty and Big Brother Watch back calls for overhaul of State surveillance laws

Civil liberties and Human Rights campaigning organisations Liberty and Big Brother Watch have jointly welcomed the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s call for a fundamental overhaul of the laws governing State surveillance outlined in the Investigatory Powers Review....
Posted On 11 Jun 2015

Investigatory Powers Review highlights law that’s “fragmented, obscure and under constant challenge”

This morning in Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron published the much-anticipated report of the Investigatory Powers Review. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, the document was submitted by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and a debate...
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
The Government is facing a challenge from Liberty around the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act

High Court to hear Liberty’s legal challenge on Government’s “emergency” surveillance law

Liberty’s legal challenge to the UK Government’s surveillance law – on behalf of MPs David Davis and Tom Watson – is being heard by the High Court on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June. Liberty will argue on Davis and Watson’s behalf that the Data Retention and...
Posted On 04 Jun 2015