Things I’m Reading – Spies won’t like the Anderson plan. But it’s a huge advance on the snoopers’ charter | Joshua Rozenberg

Spies won’t like the Anderson plan. But it’s a huge advance on the snoopers’ charter | Joshua Rozenberg
By Joshua Rozenberg

Shifting power for mass surveillance from politicians to judges may not please the security services – but re-establishing public confidence is a compelling argument

Requiring judicial authorisation for the interception of communications would be a revolutionary change in the world of spies and secrets – the biggest for some 400 years. David Anderson QC, whose report on investigatory powers calls for a shift in power from politicians to judges, notes that a secretary of state was intercepting messages as long ago as 1643; and Viscount Falkland, who held office during the English civil war, was unlikely to have been the first minister to order private letters to be opened.

Related: UK intelligence agencies should keep mass surveillance powers, report says

Now terrorists have been told about the value of bulk data, it is possible they will begin communicating in other ways

One statute would replace the 65 different statutory provisions under which 600 public bodies can obtain information

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June 11, 2015 at 01:14PM
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