CONFUSION AND TURMOIL in British politics has prompted the Open Rights Group (ORG) to call for a halt on talks about the turd in the swimming pool that is the Investigatory Powers Bill.
In case you missed it, the UK government is going through something that looks a lot like Game of Thrones. People have walked out, or been forced out, and have admitted to telling porkie pies.
Some of this is not new, and neither is the bill, but that does not stop it being of concern to anyone who values privacy or has respect for data on the internet.
The bill is due a second reading in the House of Lords today, and the ORG hopes that it is not too late to stop the reading, and indeed to stop the whole anti-privacy charabanc making itself felt on the internet.
"With the current political crisis, we cannot expect that such an important bill, with far-reaching consequences, will receive the scrutiny it needs," said ORG executive director Jim Killock.
"Until this crisis is resolved, and a new prime minister is in place, the bill should be put on hold. The UK cannot legislate on matters of national security until its future is clear."
The ORG has consistently poured criticism on the surveillance plans, and it has not been alone. There have been a number of investigations into the proposals' appropriateness and a lot of feedback.
The Parliamentary Human Rights Committee said earlier this month that the proposed legislation needs work, and expressed concern about its impact on liberty if it passes unchecked particularly when it comes to scattergun data grabs.
"In our view, the power to make major modifications to warrants for targeted interception, without judicial approvals, is so wide as to give rise to real concern that the requirement of judicial authorisation can be circumvented, thereby undermining that important safeguard against arbitrariness," said the committee as it heaped more concerns on the privacy community. µ.
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