What MPs need to know

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Dear Member of Parliament, thank you for following your constituent’s tweeted link and visiting this page. This is a quick guide to the problems with the Investigatory Powers Bill.

What's wrong with the Investigatory Powers Bill

For GCHQ, it allows

For police and law enforcement agencies:

For British companies:

The “Request Filter” 

This aspect of the Bill which is receiving far too little attention

The Request Filter is described by the Home Office as a safeguard designed to reduce the collateral intrusion produced in searching for small, specific information in a large dataset.

In reality, the Request Filter would allow automated complex searches across the retained data from all telecommunications operators without any judicial authorisation at all.

This has huge privacy risks. Even the Food Standards Agency will be able to self-authorise itself to cross reference your constituents’  internet history with mobile phone location and landline phone calls—and search and compare millions of other people’s records too.

What MPs should do

We recommended voting in favour of these amendments:

  1. Removal of bulk powers and Bulk Personal Datasets
    390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 295, 396, 397, 398, 153, 154, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 155, 156, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 433, 434, 157, 158, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 159, 160, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464
  2. Review of the operation of the act
    NC17
  3. Delete the Request Filter in Clause 58-60
    4, 5, 6; debate the provisions in amendments 161-171 which attempt to understand and narrow its use

The amendments are listed on Parliament’s website here.

This campaign

This campaign comes to you from the Open Rights Group, a digital civil liberties campaign. We work on free expression and privacy on the Internet. We were formed in 2005 and have over 3000 members. We are a member of the Don’t Spy on Us coalition.

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