UK Snoopers’ Charter Will Lead to ‘Race to the Bottom’ in Mass Surveillance

Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

The UK government’s proposed Snoopers’ Charter would set a dangerous international precedent and lead to a “race to the bottom” in regards to mass surveillance, campaigners have told Sputnik, which comes as MPs delivered a third stinging rebuke to the proposals on Thursday.

The highly controversial Investigatory Powers Bill, which aims to increase surveillance powers given to intelligence agencies, suffered its third major setback within a fortnight, with a joint committee looking into the bill saying that the government had not made a conclusive case to justify plans to increase web browsing surveillance.

The hugely critical report made 86 recommendations to the existing bill, noting that while MPs and peers could see potential benefits of giving intelligence agencies greater web browsing powers, the committee had “not been persuaded that enough work has been done to conclusively prove the case for them.”

“The fact that we have made 86 recommendations shows that we think that part of the bill is flawed and needs to be looked at in greater detail. There is a lot of room for improvement,” said Lord Murphy, chair of the committee and former Northern Ireland secretary.

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