The People vs the Snoopers' Charter: Part II

by Liberty & The Civil Liberties Trust

The People vs the Snoopers' Charter: Part II

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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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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Donate now to stop the Government from being able to intercept your digital communications in bulk, hack into your computers, phones and tablets, and create vast ‘personal datasets’ without suspicion of a crime being committed.

Worried about who’s looking at your personal data?

The Investigatory Powers Act – or Snoopers’ Charter – lets the Government monitor records of everyone you text, email and call. It means everybody’s web browsing history and location tracking data is now stored on an industrial scale.

Vast digital dossiers of your private information are now being collected with no need for suspicion of crime.

Spying on everyone like this undermines everything that’s core to our freedom and democracy. Our privacy. Our free speech and protest rights. Our free press and fair process. Doctor-patient confidentiality, legal privilege and protections for journalists’ sources and whistle-blowers.  

It also puts our most sensitive personal information at huge risk from criminal hackers and foreign spies.

And it’s unlawful.

In the first round of Liberty’s landmark legal case, the High Court has ruled that the Government must urgently change key parts of the Investigatory Powers Act.

Public bodies will no longer be able to access our personal data without independent authorisation or, when seeking to fight crime, without suspicion of a serious crime.

The Government ignored over 200,000 people who signed a petition against the Snoopers’ Charter when they originally brought it in. Repeated court judgments found the previous version of this legislation unlawful – and they tried to ignore that too.

But ministers can’t ignore the fact that they now have until November to fix this rotten law.

With the support of over 1,800 people who funded the first stage of the case, we are well on our way to reclaiming our rights and dismantling the most intrusive surveillance regime of any democracy in the world. 

Now we need your help to defeat it for good. Without raising this money, we can’t go to court. 

The next round of our legal challenge will contest the Government’s power to hack into our computers, phones and tablets and create huge ‘personal data sets’ – vast databases containing incredibly detailed records on every one of us.

We will argue that the Government can’t simply ignore our fundamental rights when it comes to surveillance, and has to fully justify the scope of the powers it claims it needs.

It needs to fully rethink its approach to surveillance and create a regime that lets our police and security agencies track and apprehend criminals without stripping privacy from everybody else and putting all our sensitive, private data at risk.

We’ve already had a huge impact – forcing the Government to fix parts of the Snoopers’ Charter.

But this law doesn’t need tweaking – it needs an overhaul.

Donate today to be part of our historic legal action and help force the Government to give us back our rights. We need your support to be able to go to court. 



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May 3, 2018

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In less than a week we’ve raised 60 per cent of our target. A massive thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Please share our campaign far and wide and together we can defeat the Snoopers’ Charter.

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