A human rights based investigatory powers regime

Posted on 29-10-18 by Dave Levy Number of votes: 2 | Number of comments: 3

We note that the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 legalised the use of bulk powers to allow the UK intelligence services to collect all the UK phone usage and internet usage records.

We note  that the intelligence services have made data on UK citizens available to the USA.

We note that the exact terms of the data sharing between the UK and US are unknown.

We note that the Investigatory Powers Act has been ruled as contrary to EU law as it contravenes the Charter of Fundamental Rights which is the EU's commitment to the European and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We note the complete absence from the NPF report on the surveillance society and the illegal investigatory powers regime introduced by the Tories in 2016.

We call on a Labour Government to ensure that private and public surveillance technologies will conform to laws that meet the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights.

We call on the Labour Party to draw up a Human Rights based policy for the regulation of British Law Enforcement authorities and their investigatory powers.

Referring to: Justice and Home Affairs

The Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission examines Labour thinking on issues such as policing, the justice system, immigration and asylum, and political and constitutional reform.

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