|ISPA criticises attempts to bring in Communications Data Bill
ISPA was pleased that attempts to re-introduce more surveillance powers in the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill were withdrawn. ISPA has been meeting with interested parliamentarians in the House of Lords and made it clear that using amendments to bring back the complex powers contained in the Draft Communications Data Bill, without consulting with industry or seemingly addressing the concerns of the Joint Committee, was ill-judged. ISPA believes that law enforcement should have reasonable access to communications data in a changing environment, but there needs to be a proper debate in parliament that takes account of the current reviews and consults with industry. ISPA also believes that any new legislation should have proper oversight, maximum transparency and heeds the concerns of industry, citizens and parliament. You can see our recent press releases on the subject here.