MPs Criticise Snooper's Charter -- But Vote it Over Key Hurdle Anyway

By Gary Cutlack on at

The planned Investigatory Powers Bill took a big step toward becoming an actual thing yesterday, as a debate and vote in the House of Commons went in its favour.

Home secretary Theresa May led the charge, seeing as it's basically her idea to stir all this up again, telling MPs it's essential legislation to ensure the "privacy and security" of the nation, despite the fact that maintaining internet connection records would seem -- to the layman -- to be literally the exact opposite of protecting our privacy.

The debate was a bit of a flop in terms of the actual vote. 281 votes were made in favour of the Bill during its second reading in the house, with just 15 placed against it; thanks to a decision by Labour and the SNP to abstain from actually having any opinions on the matter.

For its part, Labour says it is asking for "substantial changes" to be made to the rules, with Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham explaining his party's mild-mannered voting abstention with: "We need new legislation but this bill is not yet good enough. Simply to block this legislation would, in my view, be irresponsible. It would leave the police and security services in limbo... We must give them the tools to do the job." [BBC via The Register]

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