There has been much made of the DRIP Bill (Digital Retention and Investigative Powers). This Bill is an emergency measure as the European Court of Human Justice ruled in April that the previous UK legislation on data retention went too far.
I could explain why this Bill is unjust and a gross invasion of privacy but there are many people more qualified who are putting this much more eloquently than me. Suffice it to say I feel so strongly I’ve written this blog post about it, with encouragement from @aral from www.ind.ie.
Much more about DRIP can be found here:
MPs have had over 3 months to discuss this, and yet the fact that this bill is being rushed through so quickly with seemingly unanimous support, is a huge concern, and worrying many people.
I emailed my MP, John Pugh, Liberal Democrats, Southport, and got a reply, which says and I quote, “It is a certainty that the legislation will be passed”, and points me to the LibDem’s response to the DRIP Bill, and why it is needed.
Indeed the Bill was passed, however Yvette Cooper, Shadow home secretary, has tabled amendments to the bill, to ensure that it did not go through unopposed.
You only need to search the news and Twitter to see just how unpopular the Drip Bill is.
— bruce lawson (@brucel) July 15, 2014
There certainly didn’t look like there were 485 people in that debate #DRIP On the bright side we have 49 decent MPs.
— Foamcow (@foamcow) July 15, 2014
I wrote to my MP over #DRIP. Never got a reply.
— Ptolom (@Hexifact) July 15, 2014
1 good point I saw 2day: If #DRIP was that much an emergency why didn’t MPs delay their hols by a wk (they get 6 off) & discuss it properly?
— Jonathan Wright (@jon_than_) July 15, 2014
Presume MPs who voted in favour of #DRIP will make every single aspect of their lives public knowledge? Bank, texts, emails, phone calls etc
— Gareth Baines (@GABaines) July 15, 2014
Only 49 MPs said No to #DRIP. 436 of them voted in favour of snooping powers that they will be exempt from. No wonder we loathe them.
— Hugh Platt (@HughDoVoodoo) July 15, 2014
Although the Government wouldn’t want the DRIP Bill to take our attention away from the fact that Michael Gove has lost his job would it?!