IP Bill Final Death Throws we hope.


The IP Bill aka #SnoopersCharter is back from the committee stage with most of the sensible recommendations ignored, and some things even worse that it was before. Again I have Written to my MP lets hope it is again dead as the alternative is too horrible to imagine.

Dear Alock Shama

I have written to you several times about the Investigatory Powers Bill. [1,2] I have tried to explain the very real problems with this bill, but underneath all these problems, the massive impact that it would have on the high tech industry in the UK, under all of these problems is a fundamental issue of privacy.

I want you to think seriously about a state where citizens have no privacy. The privacy we have now in our own homes, our person and thoughts. As the internet becomes part of these spaces so these new powers to intercept, collect, filter, and examine come under the purview of the state.

The Home Secretary claims that we do not live in an interception state, because she only considers a communication intercepted when a person looks at it. This is not the view of the general public.

I watched much of the evidence presented to the Parliamentary Committee and read their report. The report highlighted many of this issues with the Bill and I was hopeful that we would get a sensible bill out of that process. But what we have after only a few weeks contains hardly any of the recommendations, but several changes to make the powers of the bill even worse.

When 200 Senior Lawyers tell you the bill is flawed, and probably illegal [3] I really think you should listen.

The only sensible course of action at this point is for you to vote against the Bill.

I urge you to declare that you will not support this bill.

Yours Sincerely

Stuart Ward

Ref:
[1] https://stuartward.wordpress.com/2015/11/21/investigatory-powers-bill/
[2] https://stuartward.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/the-ipbill-aka-snooperscharter-second-letter/
[3] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/14/investigatory-powers-bill-not-fit-for-purpose-say-200-senior-lawyers

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