Open Rights Group – Briefing on Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill 1

The Open Rights Group has prepared a briefing on the Counter-Terrorism and Security bill announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May on 26 November 2014.

The Bill extends the scope of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA). The bill introduces other measures such as a duty on certain authorities to prevent people being drawn into terrorism; the core requirement of the new legislation is that ISPs record the user of a specific IP address at a specific time.

In April 2014 blanket data retention was ruled illegal by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and it is doubtful that the new legislation complies with the permissible limits of data retention set out by this judgement.

See also this previous post for further information on the proposed legislation.


One thought on “Open Rights Group – Briefing on Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

  • cloudstarer

    It is not possible to tie an IP address to a specific user, you can only tie it to the person who pays the bills.

    A bad guy wants to communicate with another bad guy ?

    They can steal a connection, say a mobile phone with a data plan, or use a library, or a cyber cafe and send a message which anyone can read say by posting a message on a forum, or an item on ebay or any one of a hundred other methods.

    You can’t trace the sender and as anyone can read it you can’t tell who it’s sent to.

    So once more the government is proposing anti terrorist legislation where the only target they can reliably identify will be ordinary law abiding citizens.

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