New legislation tabled for Parliamentary time on the 15th of July threatens the very existence of our privacy – and thereby freedom. The “Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill” is being rushed through parliament with NO public scrutiny and no independent consultation at a public level.
You can find the DRIP Bill here: Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill
To add insult to injury, this unprecedented abuse of Parliamentary scrutiny is happening in the face of previous European moderation of existing UK legislation on the subject.
Why is freedom of speech affected? Ordinary people can, without oversight, be subject to personal surveillance through a raft of electronic measures that will allow almost any interpretation to be placed on even simple actions.
When people know they are under such severe personal scrutiny they will start not saying and doing ordinary things that they should be allowed to do in a free society. This Bill is raising the game from simple management of risk in society to abusing the citizenry by repressive laws.
The method that this legislation comes to Parliament strikes at the very core of British democracy. The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill is an unnecessary threat to personal privacy and European law has made that clear. The fact that Party leaders support this rapid and undemocratic Bill is of grave concern. Party leaders are acting irresponsibly when they consider that they can enact repressive laws like this without public overview. That is a very dangerous precedent.
To prevent this travesty going any further privacy campaigners have released a “Joint Briefing Document“. It identifies problem areas within the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill. It also allows for proper democratic scrutiny and debate within the next six months.
Please read the joint briefing document. MPs should understand these serious concerns before voting on the 15th of July. The joint briefing document can be found here…
DRIP Bill Email
I just sent this email to my MP. I hope that you may send something like it to your MP. We need to see our British good sense prevail. You can find our more about why I did this here…
Privacy threatened in staggering undemocratic move by UK Government
DRIP Bill – Use this template below to send to your MP
You can use my words, but add something with your own ideas too if you can…
Dear (Name of your MP),
“The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill” – This is how liberty dies – and through undemocratic Parliamentary process too!
Please vote against the DRIP Bill. Work for democracy and for good sense on personal privacy.
To help you make up your mind, here is why the DRIP Bill legislation should not be allowed to get onto the statute books…
“The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill” – A Joint Briefing Paper.
Further insights why the DRIP Bill should be stopped…
Why the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill should not be rushed through Parliament
(Put your name here)
DRIP Bill – Contact your MP
You can send an email to your MP here… WriteToThem.com
Telephone your MP now to ask them not to vote your privacy away… Call Parliament: 02072193000
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