Snoopers Charter Breaks the Law!

18 July 2016 — Liberty


A senior judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has concluded that the Government’s surveillance law breaches our fundamental rights.

The decision could stop the Government’s fatally flawed Investigatory Powers Bill in its tracks.

The Advocate General’s opinion – published today following a challenge by MP Tom Watson, represented by Liberty – will now be received by a panel of judges. If they agree with the Advocate General’s opinion the judgment would mark a watershed moment in the fight for a genuinely effective, lawful and targeted system of surveillance that keeps British people safe and respects their rights.

Today’s opinion finds that powers allowing police and public bodies access to all of our communications data – with no external oversight or suspicion of serious criminality – breach human rights law.

Our Legal Director, James Welch said:  “Today’s opinion is a clear message to our blinkered Government – your proposed new law breaches our human rights”.

Many of you have already sent an ‘ICR’ postcard to the House of Lords – thank you! Now more than ever we need to show Peers that the powers within the Snoopers’ Charter are not only unnecessary and dangerously invasive – but also potentially unlawful.

Lords debate today

If you haven’t already, please send the House of Lords a postcard today – the IP Bill is being debated this afternoon.

Thank you for your support,


Larry Holmes
Digital and Campaigns Coordinator