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Privacy campaigners have called a public meeting to discuss laws drafted to give police access to peoples' encrypted data and communications records.

The Home Office consultations on as yet unimplemented portions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) conclude on 30 August. Members of the public have till then to give the government their tuppeny's on its proposals to give police access to people's encrypted data and a host of agencies access to peoples' communications records.

A debate to be held in London on Monday (14 August) is designed to renew interest in the provisions that caused so much controversy last time they were aired.

Speakers will include Duncan Campbell, the journalist renowned for his exposure of the mass snooping operation conducted from Britain's Menwith Hill listening station by the the US National Security Agency.

There will also be experts from Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, Privacy International and University College London, representatives of the Home Office and Ministry of Defence, Lord Phillips of Sudbury and The Earl of Erroll from the House of Lords, and Caspar Bowden, ex-director of the information society think tank, the Foundation for Information Policy Research.

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