Snooper’s charter has practically zero chance of becoming law, say senior MPs 4

Alan Travis writes in The Guardian:

The chances of Theresa May reintroducing her “snooper’s charter” communications data bill are practically zero in the wake of the Guardian’s disclosures on the scale of internet surveillance, leading Tory and Labour civil liberties campaigners have said.

David Davis, a former contender for Conservative leadership, and Tom Watson, the Labour deputy chair, both said on Thursday they felt there had been a change in the atmosphere at Westminster compared with the “great rush” to legislate in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Both MPs said the disclosure of the mass harvesting of personal communications, including internet data, by the American National Security Agency and Britain’s eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, had shown that the existing UK regulatory framework was completely ineffective.