Liberty responds to Home Affairs Select Committee report on RIPA

06 December 2014

Responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee's report on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), Isabella Sankey, Director of Policy for Liberty, said:

“The secret use of RIPA to investigate journalists’ sources will chill anyone who values free speech and a free press. But what’s disturbing is that the abuses detailed in this damning report are the tip of the iceberg.

“Records about your phone calls and emails build up an incredibly detailed data-picture of every single one of us - who we are, where we go, what we do.

“We urgently need safeguards to stop this valuable data being accessed without judicial warrant. What we’re getting is the Government handing itself even more powers to snoop, in the form of the ill-targeted Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.”