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European Policy, Government Surveillance

UK Parliament Draft Bill Falls Far Short of Democratic Standards

In November 2015, the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary released the draft of an expansive surveillance bill with the stated goal of consolidating and clarifying the UK government’s surveillance and hacking powers. As CDT has previously explained, we are deeply concerned by the many serious human rights, security, and oversight flaws in the draft Bill. In early December, we submitted written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights explaining why we think the draft Bill’s surveillance authorization provisions, in particular, fall far short of democratic standards.