The parliamentary committee put in charge of overseeing the cases for and against the "snooper's charter" or Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has given it a right kicking, warning that it is at best "flawed" and needs much work.
That's good news for those who are petitioning against its introduction -- like everyone from the tech world -- and bad news for the home secretary, who may be forced to substantially rewrite the draft bill in order to gain approval.
The chair of the committee said: "The fact that we have made 86 recommendations shows that we think that part of the bill is flawed and needs to be looked at in greater detail. There is a lot of room for improvement."
The separate intelligence and security committee is also extremely down on the IP Bill, with member Lord Strasburger saying: "Three parliamentary committees have concluded that the new bill, like the last one, is vague and confusing and has many other faults. The government has a lot of work to do to get this important bill into shape." [Guardian]