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Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Putting the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in Focus (Part II)

Following on from the first post focusing on the double-lock in the Investigatory Powers Bill (“the Bill”). This second entry looks at the “institutional and procedural” issues around the introduction … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Authorisation of Surveillance Warrants in the United Kingdom – Putting the ‘Double-Lock’ in Focus (Part I)

When the Home Secretary commended the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny in November 2015, she lauded the oversight mechanisms in the Bill as ‘world-leading.’ A seminal feature of … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tom Hickman: The Investigatory Powers Bill: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Editors’ Note: This unusually long post addresses an abnormally large bill on an exceptionally important topic. We hope readers will appreciate the reasons for departing from our normal practice regarding … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Nicholas Clapham: The Authorisation of Surveillance: A Separation of Power?

Editors’ note: The UK Parliament will debate reports into investigatory powers in its session today, 25 June 2015. On 11 June the Prime Minister released the review of investigatory powers … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Keith Ewing, Joan Mahoney, and Andrew Moretta: Surveillance and the Liberal State

The recent revelations by the Guardian about the ‘United Stasi of America’ appear to have disappointed, surprised and even shocked a number of people, who ought to know better.   The … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Paul Bernal: The Draft Communications Bill and the ECHR

The Draft Communications Data Bill was published on the 14th June. It had been much anticipated, particularly by privacy advocates, and dubbed the ‘snooper’s charter’, a nickname that seems eminently … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · 5 Comments

Carol Harlow: Surveillance and the Superstate

For a society as devoted to secrets and privacy as the British are traditionally supposed to be, however, the law possesses surprisingly few protections for the communications of its citizens. … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 1 Comment
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