Thursday, November 05, 2015
Investigatory Powers Bill: A Snooper's Charter in all but name alone
Industry reaction so far has been alarmingly supportive. I was particularly concerned by the comments from Nicholas Lansman, general secretary of ISP industry body ISPA, who said it was preparing to work with the government to ensure the bill provides a framework that "balances necessary powers with oversight whilst minimising the impact on business." How about the impact on freedom, and the necessary power to go about our personal business without being spied upon? I say 'our' but obviously I do not include MPs in that description as the draft bill clearly omits them from being subject to the surveillance that they would have us under; it will write 'the Wilson doctrine' into law, preventing surveillance of their communications. Journalists, who you might think require similar protection if they are to do their job of ensuring freedom of speech is a reality in the UK, don't get the same pass - police will be able to access their sources with the nod of a friendly judge.