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.