TERRORISM TORQUEMADA Theresa May has promised her opponents that she will not rush into new surveillance and data retention powers and will open the proposals for review.
Phew. A review. That should solve everything. A report on the BBC said that May revealed her softened stance in a letter to Labour MP Andy Burnham, and that a review body has already stepped up to take the reins.
The review will be led by David Anderson, an MP and the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
Burnham is apparently happy with the result, according to the BBC report. "A few weeks ago, I wrote to the home secretary setting out seven areas where we want to see significant movement," he said.
"Yesterday the home secretary wrote to me on two of these issues and I have to say I found her letter extremely encouraging. Her commitment to an independent review of the case for bulk powers is a major concession, the right thing to do and something which will build trust in this process."
We expect privacy groups to heave a partial sigh of relief here, and we know that at least one secure encryption provider has welcomed the home secretary's intervention. In a way.
"It's not surprising that a review has now been commissioned to examine the operational case for powers which allow for the bulk collection of data," said Jacob Ginsberg, senior director at Echoworx.
"The speed at which this bill was rushed through Parliament highlights key concerns about the level of research and lack of commitment to consumer privacy.
"There are very real costs, tangible and intangible, to the UK if this bill is not implemented properly from the get go. Having the power to sweep up someone's browsing history without a warrant is just wrong." µ
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