Liberty gets go-ahead to challenge Snoopers’ Charter in the High Court

30 June 2017

The High Court has granted Liberty permission to challenge part of the Government’s extreme mass surveillance regime with a judicial review of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Liberty is challenging the mass collection of everybody’s communications data and internet history, which it believes breaches British people’s rights.

The Act forces communications companies and service providers to retain and hand over logs of everybody’s emails, phone calls, texts and entire web browsing history to state agencies to store, data-mine and profile at will.

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Queen's Speech: If we are complacent, this Government will come for our rights and freedoms

After a tumultuous post-election period, yesterday’s Queen’s Speech promised to be a must-watch – but it won’t be getting rave reviews.

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A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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Government IS breaking the law by collecting everyone's internet and call data and accessing it with no independent sign-off and no suspicion of serious crime

21 December 2016

  • In first major post-Brexit judgment involving the UK, Court of Justice of the EU backs Tom Watson MP, represented by Liberty, in landmark challenge to Government surveillance
  • Ruling effectively means significant parts of the new Investigatory Powers Act are unlawful and must be urgently changed
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The Snoopers' Charter has almost passed - but this isn't the end of the road

Today, MPs have a final chance to voice their opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill – or Snoopers’ Charter.

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The Investigatory Powers Bill is out: Liberty's response

01 March 2016

The Government has today published its Investigatory Powers Bill – just three weeks after three parliamentary committees recommended more than 120 major changes to the draft legislation.

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Why we need real judicial sign-off in the Investigatory Powers Bill

We explain why MPs must take this chance to create a proper system of Judicial Sign-Off.

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Human rights in the headlines: a pro-Snowden James Bond and the spectre of the Snoopers' Charter

This was the week we learnt that James Bond’s latest incarnation is “sexily pro-Snowden”. As always, 007’s timing is impeccable – because this was also the week that saw the spectre of the Snoopers’ Charter return with a vengeance.

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