Wednesday, 16 March 2016

An open letter from dozens of legal experts: Snooper's Charter not fit for purpose

Cory Doctorow reports at Boing Boing:
But now comes the most damning condemnation of all, an open letter signed by dozens of law professors and legal experts, from across the UK, declaring that the law "fails to meet international standards for surveillance powers" and is "not fit for purpose."
 The full letter appears in the Guardian.  The authors have three main objections to the bill;
First, a law that gives public authorities generalised access to electronic communications contents compromises the essence of the fundamental right to privacy and may be illegal. 
Second, international standards require that interception authorisations identify a specific target – a person or premises – for surveillance.
Third, those who authorise interceptions should be able to verify a “reasonable suspicion” on the basis of a factual case. 
The bill falls far short of these international standards.

The letter is signed by lots and lots and lots of legal experts.
snoopers charter flowchart
Source: The Huffington Post

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