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The powers of the state are already being abused enough. I urge everybody interested in personal privacy and freedom to read the letter I have re-blogged from Paul Bernal’s blog, a section of which appears below a few words of my own with a link to the full letter and signatories.
UK political parties are consistently covering up their own misdeeds while prying into the private lives of their voters on a scale never witnessed before, except in totalitarian regimes.
They are not alone is not alone in this, and seem to be dancing to the tune of the unelected US secret services, who are spinning out of control, and appear to answer to no one, not even the US president.
Along with the UK, US secret service agencies have been exposed for their mass, illegal spying on their own citizens and rest of the world. There are strong indications they don’t need more powers but far fewer.
However much I would like to bury my head in the sand, there are times we all have to stand up and be counted. The internet is too valuable to allow vain and arrogant politicians to steal it.
I’m one of the signatories to the letter below – not just a few, but many very serious legal academics, some of the most distinguished in the field.
Tuesday 15th July 2014
To all Members of Parliament,
Re: An open letter from UK internet law academic experts
On Thursday 10 July the Coalition Government (with support from the Opposition) published draft emergency legislation, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (“DRIP”). The Bill was posited as doing no more than extending the data retention powers already in force under the EU Data Retention Directive, which was recently ruled incompatible with European human rights law by the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the joined cases brought by Digital Rights Ireland (C-293/12) and Seitlinger and Others (C-594/12) handed down on 8 April 2014.
In introducing the Bill to Parliament, the Home Secretary framed…
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