Yesterday, the Investigatory Powers Committee published its report on the so-called ‘snooper’s charter’ or Investigatory Powers Bill. In its report, the committee states that a lot of work still needs to be done to the proposed legislation before it should be put before Parliament. Now that more details have emerged about Theresa May’s bill – and there has been more scrutiny of it – I thought it would be worth discussing this bill in more detail.
First of all, the question of how Internet Service Providers will collect, store and manage this data is still yet to be explained. I won’t go into too much detail about this element as I talked about it in part one (read it here).
Similarly, the idea of the government storing this mass amounts of data is excessive – why should everyone’s data be collected just in the hope of finding a few bad eggs? (Nick Clegg shared a similar opinion, as mentioned in this BBC article).
However, whilst these are just some criticisms of the bill, there is one aspect of the ‘snooper’s charter’ which sounds promising. At the moment – during my university course – I’m learning about how the state’s powers are split into three branches: the executive, the legislative and the judiciary. All are separate from one another.
One feature of the bill is how operations which have been agreed by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, can be prevented by a board of judges. This separation (as mentioned above) is the perfect way to ensure that the actions of the Home Secretary and Government are ethical. But whilst this is a good aspect of the bill, I remain sceptical.
You can find out more about the Investigatory Powers Bill and committee in this insightful BBC article, here.
What do you think of Theresa May’s ‘Investigatory Powers Bill’? Should it be passed? Is it ethical? Comment below!