The evidence to the Inquiry into the Investigatory Powers Bill is now online

Forty two organisations and individuals submitted public (as opposed to confidential) evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the technical aspects of the Investigatory Powers Bill. The links to the full list of oral evidence to date and of published submissions, including my own, are here

Apart from the collective submissions from membership organisations like TechUK, JISC and UKISA none appears to be from the (very wide) range of service providers who might have to help (or at least not actively prevent) the retention of data concerning their users on-line activities. Many submissions, such as that from Mozilla, are from those who believe, as a matter of principle, that the liberal/libertarian ideals of the Internet should not be compromised by the need to protect its users from abuse because they do not trust those who might exercise the necessary powers.

As I suspected, my submission is out on a limb in its support for lack of clarity, on the grounds that the legislation must be “generic” if it is to be effective and not out out of date before implemented. I was pleased, however, to see that others shared my concerns over the security of retained data – although not to the extent of suggesting remedies.- as I have also done in some of my recent blogs, including the need to look at the governance of partnership policing if we are serious about the objectives of the legislation.