UK MPs wave through new surveillance law after mini-debate

by tech on July 15, 2014

British members of Parliament have voted through the Data Retention and Investigation Powers (DRIP) Bill, which is being fast-tracked through the legislative process, by 498 votes to 31 after a sparsely-attended “debate” (pictured). As previously reported, DRIP expands the authorities’ surveillance powers so that foreign web communications service providers can be forced to hand over user information – despite the assurances of the U.K. government that it only maintains the “status quo”. Lawyers and web law experts (and Edward Snowden) strongly oppose it. DRIP, which all major parties agreed to support before the public got to see it, now goes to the House of Lords for one more mini-debate.

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