The People vs the Snoopers' Charter

by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust

The People vs the Snoopers' Charter

by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust
Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust
Over 200,000 people signed a petition to stop the Snoopers’ Charter. The Government didn’t listen, so we’re taking them to court and we need your help.
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Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust
Over 200,000 people signed a petition to stop the Snoopers’ Charter. The Government didn’t listen, so we’re taking them to court and we need your help.

We've been granted permission to proceed with our case!

June 30, 2017

Liberty has been granted permission to challenge the Government’s Snoopers’ Charter.

In January, we raised more than £50,000 to fund the challenge and we couldn’t have taken the case forward without you.

Unlawful and unsafe

The Snoopers’ Charter, officially known as the Investigatory Powers Act, is a hugely invasive piece of legislation. It forces companies such as Vo...

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Ever googled something personal?

Who you text, email or call. Your social media activity. Which websites you visit.

Who you bank with. Where your kids go to school. Your sexual preferences, health worries, religious and political beliefs.

Since November, the Snoopers’ Charter – the Investigatory Powers Act – has let the Government access all this intimate information, building up an incredibly detailed picture of you, your family and friends, your hobbies and habits – your entire life.

And it won’t just be accessed by the Home Secretary. Dozens of agencies – the Department for Work and Pensions, HMRC and 46 others – can now see sensitive details of your personal life.

Over 200,000 people signed a petition to stop the Snoopers’ Charter, the Government didn’t listen so we’re taking them to court and we need your help.

There’s no opt-out and you don’t need to be suspected of anything. It will just happen all the time, to every one of us.

The Investigatory Powers Act lets Government keep records of and monitor your private emails, texts and phone calls – that’s where you are, who you speak to, what you say – and all without any suspicion of wrongdoing.

It forces internet companies like Sky, BT and TalkTalk to log every website you visit or app you have used, creating a vast database of deeply sensitive and revealing information. At a time when companies and governments are under increasingly frequent attack from hackers, this will create a goldmine for criminals and foreign spies.

Your support will help us clear the first hurdle, being granted permission by the Court to proceed with our case against the Government.

It’s time we all took a stand. We’ve told the Government we’ll see them in court and we need your help to make that happen. Please donate whatever you can to fund this vital case.


Who we are 
Liberty campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK. We’re entirely independent – so we can truly hold the powerful to account. Our members have been changing the law since 1934.

If you would like further information on the case, please contact membership@liberty-human-rights.org.uk 


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We've been granted permission to proceed with our case!

June 30, 2017

Liberty has been granted permission to challenge the Government’s Snoopers’ Charter.

In January, we raised more than £50,000 to fund the challenge and we couldn’t have taken the case forward without you.

Unlawful and unsafe

The Snoopers’ Charter, officially known as the Investigatory Powers Act, is a hugely invasive piece of legislation. It forces companies such as Vodafone, Sky and BT to collect and hand over vast amounts of personal information. This includes logs of emails, phone calls, texts and entire web browsing history.

This is a breach of British people’s human rights – and one that will not keep us any safer.

More than 200,000 people signed a petition calling for the repeal of the Investigatory Powers Act after it became law last year.

It passed through Parliament in the face of shambolic political opposition. The Government failed to provide evidence that surveillance of everybody in the UK was lawful or necessary. This was despite warnings from whistleblowers and experts that the powers would make it more difficult for security services to do their jobs effectively.

Targeted not total surveillance

It’s become clearer in recent months that the Snoopers’ Charter is not fit for purpose. The Government doesn’t need to spy on the entire population to fight terrorism. All that does is undermine the very rights, freedoms and democracy terrorists seek to destroy.

As increasingly frequent hacking attacks bring businesses and public bodies to their knees, our Government’s obsession with storing vast amounts of sensitive information about every single one of us is dangerously irresponsible.

If they truly want to keep us safe and protect our cybersecurity, they urgently need to face up to reality and focus on closely monitoring people who pose a serious threat.

Thank you once again for your support. We will keep you updated on the next steps of the challenge.

Legal proceedings have begun!

March 10, 2017

Liberty has officially begun proceedings to challenge the Government’s mass surveillance programme – the Investigatory Powers Act.

The Act allows the Government to keep a track of who you call or text, which websites you visit, your sexual preferences, health worries, religious and political beliefs – and share these intimate details with dozens of agencies. We believe this is a serious infringement on our human rights, and taking the Government to court is the first step in reclaiming these rights.

We’ve now applied to the High Court for permission to proceed. If permission is granted, we’ll be needing your support once again to continue the fight against this authoritarian regime.

Without you, we couldn’t have reached this point – thank you. We'll keep you updated as the case progresses.

The Government doesn't want you to care

Feb. 2, 2017

Thanks to you and 1,843 other people, we have (so far) raised £52,828 for our court case against the Investigatory Powers Act.

I have been completely overwhelmed, not only because of the amazing sum being raised for our case, but also because of how many people care so much about something that can sometimes feel quite intangible. The Government doesn't want you to care –  it would make their lives much easier if you didn’t.

In today’s world, pretty much everyone lives their lives online in some shape or form. I know I certainly do.

And it’s disturbing to know the fact that you’re reading this right now is being recorded. The details of the next text you send will be logged: who it goes to, where you are and when you send it. Whether you spend the next three hours on Netflix, have an unhealthy addiction to buying trainers or spend eight hours a day playing 'Clash of Clans'.

Your sexual preferences, health worries, religious and political beliefs. All of it monitored by the Government.

But, thanks to you and those 1,843-brilliant people we smashed our first target, and we now have a great chance to fight this authoritarian surveillance regime.

This case will entail a huge amount of work so we have instructed specialist solicitors from Bhatt Murphy who, like our barristers, have kindly agreed to act for us on a conditional fee agreement. This means that the money we raise won’t be used to pay their legal fees, but it will protect us if the Court orders us to pay the Government’s costs.

Please continue to share are our CrowdJustice page with your friends and family, colleagues and confidantes. Whether you send it via email, Facebook or Twitter we would really appreciate your support. And we will be sure to keep you up-to-date as the case progresses.

Together we can do this.


Thank you for standing with us

Jan. 10, 2017

Thanks to your wonderful generosity we have hit our initial target! 

This means we can request permission from the Court to proceed with our case against the Government. It helps us with our costs exposure, should the other side win.

If we are successful in getting through to the next stage of the case, our costs will go up considerably, so please continue to donate and share our page!

If we don’t receive permission to proceed with the case (we are confident we will), we’ll use the funds raised for our campaigning on surveillance and digital rights - digital campaigning, raising awareness through the media, providing training on digital security, and policy work to get Parliament to stand up for our rights.

Thank you!

Jan. 10, 2017

We are overwhelmed and delighted by the generosity of our pledgers, THANK YOU!

We’ve hit our first target but there is so much more to do, please continue to donate and share and together we will challenge the most authoritarian surveillance law the world has ever known.

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