THE UK'S INGLORIOUS Investigatory Powers Bill has another opponent in the shape of the UN special rapporteur on privacy.
Joseph Cannataci broke silence in a report covered by The Guardian. His concern is that the UK is doing more harm than good when it comes to privacy, and that the Investigatory Powers Bill is a leap and a hop too far.
ADVANCE UNEDITED VERSION: Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph A. Cannataci https://t.co/u4gqkinjuD— Privacy Matters (@PrivacyMatters) March 9, 2016
More locally, Open Rights Group executive director Jim Killock expressed his support for Cannataci who goes along with a lot of the views already expressed about the bill.
"The special rapporteur's report is another damning criticism of the Investigatory Powers Bill. Not only does it call for the disproportionate powers in the bill to be 'outlawed rather than legitimised', it points out that the bill does not comply with recent human rights rulings, which means it could be open to legal challenges," he said.
"The report voices another serious concern that the impact of this extreme legislation will be felt around the world and copied by other countries. The government cannot continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that the bill is a deeply flawed piece of legislation."
Cannataci goes in heavy in the report and suggests that the UK should wind things back and strike a better balance between privacy and protection. He added that "disproportionate, privacy-intrusive measures such as bulk surveillance and bulk hacking as contemplated in the bill should be outlawed rather than legitimised".
He added that the UK needs to avoid setting a bad precedent and stop talking about things like bulk hacking that could have "negative ramifications beyond the shores of the UK".
Cannataci suggested that the UK should not be a bad example to other states by continuing to propose measures, especially bulk interception and bulk hacking, that run counter to recent European court judgments and "undermine the spirit of the very right to privacy".
Let's assume that he is not on Theresa May's Christmas list, but may be on the Open Rights Group's one. µ
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