Liberty is urging the Government to pause and undertake a full redraft of its landmark surveillance legislation in the light of growing concern from cross-party MPs, technology experts and rights campaigners that no operational case has been made for the unprecedented powers it proposes.
In reponse to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Report on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, Bella Sankey, Policy Director for Liberty, said: "This forensic and damning critique supports what human rights campaigners and tech sector experts have been saying for months – the Home Office has so far made a dangerous mess of this important legislation and its overbroad bulk powers must be scrapped.
Today – 27 January 2016 – is Holocaust Memorial Day, the day the world remembers the horrors inflicted on humankind by the Nazis. But while we remember the millions who suffered and died at the hands of that brutal regime, there is an even greater imperative – to ensure such atrocities can never happen again.
The High Court has today declared the Government’s criminal records disclosure scheme incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, following a challenge by Liberty.
The judgment relates to the rule that anyone who has more than one conviction – regardless of the minor nature of the offences, how long ago they were committed and the person’s circumstances at the time – is required to disclose them forever when applying for certain types of work.
The power to stop, search, detain, question and seize documents from anyone travelling through a UK airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with Article 10 of the Human Rights Act, the Court of Appeal has ruled today.