Friday, July 11th, 2014 By Richard Heasman
Emergency legislation that will ensure the police and Government security services can continue to maintain surveillance on phone and internet communications is currently being rushed through parliament, ignoring the latest ruling by the European Court of Justice.
Both prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg gained an across floor consensus while acquiring emergency powers that ‘maintain’ UK security services can still access private data.
At a press conference in London, Cameron has said urgent action is required to protect the public from“criminals and terrorists” and that the public should be worried “if we didn’t act.”
Civil liberties campaigners have expressed great concern regarding the move. In particular, the legislation has undermined a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice that struck down the Data Retention Directive, a law that forces service providers to store user’s information.
The executive director of privacy campaign group Open Rights Watch, Jim Killock, said, “The government knows that since the CJEU ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed.
“The government has had since April to address the CJEU ruling but it is only now that organisations such as ORG are threatening legal action that this has become an ‘emergency’.
“Blanket surveillance needs to end. That is what the court has said.”
Read more: http://
blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/ 07/11/uk-emergency- legislation-defies-eu-court- on-phone-and-internet- snooping/
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