Members of HRBDT Project Submit Evidence on Proposed Amendments to Investigatory Powers Act

 

On 30 November 2017 the Home Office issued an open consultation regarding proposed amendments to the UK Investigatory Powers Act 2016. These amendments were proposed in response to an adverse judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15.

The full scope of the proposed amendments are discussed in the Government’s Consultation Document.

Dr. Daragh Murray, Prof. Pete Fussey, and Prof. Maurice Sunkin QC, members of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, submitted written evidence. Their submission focused on the Government’s proposal to amend the statutory purposes for which communications data may be retained or acquired. It argues that the Government’s proposals are overly broad, add uncertainty to the law, and have not been adequately justified. Continue reading

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir OzbekAgathe ArtusÖvünç Güneş, Francesca Fazio

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world.

International

Migration, sustaining peace, development high on UN General Assembly’s agenda for 2018 – UN News Centre

Freedom of expression under threat – Human Rights Watch

Migration should be act of hope, not despair: UN chief proposes ways to maximize migrants’ contributions – UN News Centre

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Nina Giraudel, Manon Clayette, and Ayushi Kalyan

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world. 

  • International

#MeToo is important, but the war on women is a far, far bigger deal – The Guardian

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine – The New York Times

Defending the environment has become a suicide mission in many parts of the world– Los Angeles Times

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