British MPs to sue government over fast-tracked DRIP surveillance law

Brilliant work by Tom Watson, again

Gigaom

Two British parliamentarians from either side of the political divide will join civil liberties organization Liberty in launching a legal challenge against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers (DRIP) Act, which was fast-tracked through the parliamentary process last week.

Liberty announced on Tuesday that Tom Watson (Labour) and David Davis (Conservative), both of whom are veteran anti-surveillance campaigners, were its newest clients. The challenge will point to Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, which says any exception to the right to privacy must be “necessary in a democratic society,” and to similar articles in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights that cover respect for private and family life and the protection of personal data.

I suspect the MPs and Liberty will also note a recent United Nations report that said indiscriminate mass data retention was neither necessary nor proportionate.

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