Communications Data Bill

Threat to Force Through Snoopers' Charter

Friday, 23 January, 2015 - 10:00

A cross-party group of peers has proposed forcing through the text of the Communications Data Bill by inserting it in to the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill going through parliament. This would leave just days to consider complex legislation that has already been rejected.

The Communications Data Bill was widely criticised as a "Snoopers' Charter" that attacked innocent citizens' privacy and opened the door legitimising the mass surveillance already in place as revealed by the Snowden leaks.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said: 


STOP DRIP - No to Mass Surveillance

In one short week, the UK Parliament is set to ram through a new bill on mass surveillance. It is the "Data Retention and Investigatory Powers" Bill, AKA DRIP. Even though the Government says it will change nothing, it will in fact attack our right to a private life and extend mass surveillance further.

  • DRIP will undermine human rights

  • DRIP was a stitch up between the 3 main parties behind closed doors

  • DRIP tightens the grip of mass surveillance 

  • DRIP will extend surveillance powers

  • DRIP will be forced through in less than a week, with no proper scrutiny

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill will allow the state to force Internet and phone companies to store your personal data so it can be accessed at will by a large number of public bodies.

The Home Office has claimed it's a matter of "life and death". Is you ringing your partner or family telling them you forgot to pick up the milk a matter of life and death? Under DRIP it is, and you need to be recorded.

Surveillance Stitch Up to be Rushed Through

Thursday, 10 July, 2014 - 10:15

Legislation described as "emergency" will be brought in next week to force phone and internet companies to keep records of phone calls, texts and internet use. The proposals were agreed by all three main parties out of public view in the course of this week.

This follows a recent ruling of the European Court of Justice that such powers entail "a wide ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".

Time to drop the Snoopers Charter

Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 - 14:45

The Home Secretary Theresa May has said she would press on with the Communications Data Bill, more widely known as the "Snooper's Charter", despite almost universal opposition -- from Liberal Democrat coalition partners, industry, civil rights organisations, the public and the parliamentary committee that was asked to look into it.

Pirate Party UK Home Affairs spokesperson Finlay Archibald said:

Jimmy Wales calls Comms. Data Bill "technologically illiterate"

Friday, 7 September, 2012 - 08:45

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, who has in the past spoken in support of Pirate Party opinions such as the No vote on ACTA and the campaign against the extradition of Richard O'Dwyer, has given evidence to the Parliamentary committee on the Communicatons Data Bill - commonly referred to as the "Snooper's charter".

A Snooper's Charter and the future of Freedom

Friday, 15 June, 2012 - 11:00

Labour's Legacy, the future of Freedom

Loz Kaye commented on the lack of respect for liberties the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides and questions whether the opposition will fight against such legislation.

"Many of the justifications for CDB include 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'. We know that the truth is that with CDB everyone has something to fear. It is also pointed out that this is the continuation of a Labour policy and so seems to have the support of all three main parties."

A Snoopers Charter

Thursday, 14 June, 2012 - 17:15

A future with less freedom, not more?

Andy Halsall commented on the lack of respect for liberties that the Draft Communications Data Bill (CDB) provides especially in the context of election promises and the coalition agreement between parties in Government.

Pirate Party Reaction to the Queen's Speech

Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 16:15

A 'Snooper's Charter'

The Queen announced the coalition's legislative agenda for this parliamentary session, including plans to radically expand the government's surveillance of everyone in Britain, the expansion of secret trials and changes to Defamation law.

"My government intends to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses."

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