MPs Brand the 'Snooper's Charter' Vague, Confusing and Heavily Flawed

By Gary Cutlack on at

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]

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