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British democracy

The UK Data Retention and Investigation Powers (DRIP) Bill, which is being fast-tracked through the legislative process, cleared the first stage in the House of Commons by 498 votes to 31 after a sparsely-attended “debate” (pictured). As previously reported, DRIP expands the authorities’ surveillance powers so that foreign web communications service providers can be forced to hand over user information – despite the assurances of the U.K. government that it only maintains the “status quo”. Lawyers and web law experts (and Edward Snowden) strongly oppose it. DRIP, which all major parties agreed to support before the public got to see it late last week, now goes for a second reading in the evening, then the House of Lords on Wednesday.

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  1. The rate of attendance at the reading of laws this important is shameful. The politicians absent from the “debate” clearly do not care for the fundamental rights of the people they are supposed to represent. Although the European Court has just declared blanket data retention illegal, the new law would establish just that illegal practice again. Let’s hope this new law will be challenged and aborted just like the blanket data retention before was.