Feeds

UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

Rushed bill passed uncontested by upper chamber of Parliament

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

A controversial data retention and investigatory powers bill (Drip) that has been quickly shoved through Parliament by the Tory-led Coalition government looks set to become law after peers in the House of Lords waved it through without challenge.

The bill's passage followed less than two days of debate in the upper chamber, following on from approval in the House of Commons late on Tuesday night.

MPs hastily rubber-stamped Drip, which secured cross-party support last week when it was successfully presented as an "emergency" legislation plea from Whitehall.

However, questions have been raised in Parliament and beyond about exactly why the law was considered urgent, given that the government's existing data retention powers were deemed watertight by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The legislation was necessary, she argued, to put misgivings from tech giants "beyond doubt", after a European Court of Justice ruling in April said that the 28-member-state's bloc Data Retention Directive should be trashed because it interfered with privacy and human rights' rules.

On Tuesday, MPs secured minor amendments to the bill to strengthen promised safeguards put in place by the coalition. But attempts in both the lower and upper chambers to change the sunset clause date from 2016 to 2015 failed.

Peers argued today that such a move to end the legislation earlier than planned would clash with next year's General Election.

Meanwhile, civil liberties campaigners have expressed concerns about whether the Drip Act, as it will become known, could conflict with the European Convention of Human Rights.

The new law looks set to arrive within hours of the UN slamming Five Eyes nations – the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – for their mass surveillance tactics. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.