Category Archives: A Tale of Three Bills

A Tale of Three Bills: the Parliaments wait…

In both the UK and Canada, the debate on the bills to implement online surveillance rages outside of Parliament. In the UK the Treasury has said the business case for the bill is being reexamined and a Liberal Democrat grandee … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: the poodle bites

Perhaps surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Intelligence and Security Committee is set, tomorrow, to slate the proposals¬†while backing a simpler and safer way to gain access to communications data¬†and join the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill (also reporting … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: The UK reports

And they’re done: the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has reported and that report has been embargoed until further notice. The BBC’s James Landale has the scoop: A joint committee of MPs and peers … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: in public and in private

The UK and Australia have both referred the controversial surveillance reforms to Parliamentary Joint Committees to take evidence and then recommend changes to the reforms and that’s powering on nicely, with six public hearings (transcripts here) so far from the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: committee work so far

In the UK, the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has so far had two informal briefings from Home Office officials (4th of July) and their specialist advisor Martin Hoskins (10th of July), and four public hearings (10th, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Bills: Committee work begins

In both the UK and Australia, committee work on the internet surveillance proposals has begun. To begin locally, the British Joint Select Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill has been created. This was done by four motions; one in … Continue reading

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A Tale of *Three* Bills: Australia joins and an update

A while ago, I began a new feature: A Tale of Two Bills. Both the UK and Canada had stated their intent to legislate for increased surveillance powers and data retention to better combat crime in the way mandated by … Continue reading

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