Snooper’s charter unlawful


MPs Tom Watson and David Davis have won a High Court battle challenging surveillance laws that allowed police and security services to “spy on citizens” without adequate safeguards. The court ruled that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 was “inconsistent with EU law” and ordered that s 1 should be dis-applied. The Act was fast-tracked through Parliament last July, and allowed security agencies to gather information about who suspects contact by telephone and email. The court’s order was suspended until after 31 March 2016 to give Parliament time to reconsider data retention laws in the light of the ruling. The Home Secretary was given permission to appeal.

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