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ECJ Date Retention Ruling Goes Against UK


The Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) overhauls laws governing how the state gathers and retains private communications or other forms of data to combat crime. Broadband and mobile phone providers are compelled to hold a year’s worth of communications data. Known by critics as the snoopers’ charter, there is serious concern about the number of agencies that will get access to the communications data and other privacy issues. Read the full story

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‘Unqualified thicko justice secretary’


Yet another blow for the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. In the latest episode, guidance on who is eligible for legal aid in exceptional cases is “unlawful”, judges have ruled.

The High Court had said the guidelines on who was still eligible were “too restrictive” and overturned refusals of legal aid in six immigration cases. The government appealed against that decision but Court of Appeal judges have now upheld the original ruling. Read the full story

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Challenge to DRIP


Drip is the acronym of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act which was rushed through Parliament with unseemly haste in three days last week in response to a European Court of Justice ruling in April that challenged the rights of phone and other communications providers to keep records of information on people’s calls and emails.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the accelerated passage of the bill through Parliament was necessary because of the April ruling. They warned this would deny police and security services access to vital data about phone and email communications. “Lives could be lost”, said Home Secretary Theresa May. Read the full story

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