UK: SCOPE OF NEW CT BILL NOT LIMITED TO TERRORISM?: Counter-Terrorism and Security


See: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill - Full-text (pdf) This Bill amends the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA 2014) which in turn amended RIPA 2000.On first reading this means that although the Foreword refers to "terrorism" there is no such limitation in the text of the Bill so its scope is not limited to combating terrorism as neither DRIPA 2014 and RIPA 2000 contain such a provision. Clause 17 of the Bill covers the: "Retention of relevant internet data" (such as everyone's IP address). If this is the case it would appear the new CTS Bill could cover any crime. It is also worthy of note that reference to a "person" includes: "an organisation and any association or combination of persons"

See also: Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill (pdf) which does not cast any light on the above question.

Concerns raised over anti-terror bill (BBC News, link): Powers to stop some British fighters returning from Syria and Iraq was an "announcement waiting for a policy", the reviewer of terrorism laws says. David Anderson QC said his "central concern" about the proposals first unveiled by David Cameron in early September was: "Where are the courts?"

 

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