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UK Surveillance Bill Introduced with Rushed Process, Limited Regard for Human Rights Concerns

The United Kingdom’s new Investigatory Powers Bill has now been formally introduced to the UK Parliament by Home Secretary Theresa May. This introduction comes less than three weeks after a major parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinizing the Bill issued a highly critical report calling for significant changes. Perhaps not surprisingly, the newly published text appears to make few concessions to the serious human rights concerns that Members of Parliament and others have raised.

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EU and US Reach New Data-Sharing Agreement

Associated Press: “Absent reform of U.S. surveillance law, it is highly unlikely that the Privacy Shield agreement will be deemed sufficient by the (European) Court of Justice,” said Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European affairs. He called on the U.S. Congress to swiftly move to reform its surveillance law and for EU member states to narrow their own surveillance laws and practices to also be more aligned with international human rights norms.

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Draft UK Surveillance Bill Would Do More Harm than Good to Privacy

Today, United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May released the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which will govern UK secret surveillance if adopted. Aimed at creating a more transparent and simplified surveillance law, the draft bill does provide for some additional oversight for government surveillance practices, but also introduces alarming, privacy-eroding practices. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) hopes that significant improvements are made to the draft bill before it is enacted.

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Top European court rules that NSA spying makes U.S. unsafe for data

Intercept: Although the safe harbor provision applies to commercial data, the underlying issue is the overbroad access of U.S. intelligence agencies to European citizens data, said Jens-Henrik Jeppesen, director of European Affairs for the Center for Democracy and Technology. “Surveillance is the heart of this matter,” Jeppesen told The Intercept. “The highest court in the European Union is not satisfied with the guarantees such as they are under current U.S. laws.”

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Top E.U. court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

Washington Post: “Today’s ruling shows the need to step up reforms of government surveillance practices. There is a clear need for the U.S. and Europe to set clear, lawful and proportionate standards and safeguards for conducting surveillance for national security purposes,” said Jens Henrik-Jeppesen, director of European Affairs for the Center for Democracy and Technology.

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