The new Investigatory Powers Bill and the politics of ‘nodding along’

2nd November 2015

Today I have done a quick post at the FT on the Home Office’s PR exercise this week on the new Investigatory Powers Bill.


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2 thoughts on “The new Investigatory Powers Bill and the politics of ‘nodding along’”

  1. A really good article, but I half want to say you are guilty of this “nodding along” yourself, along with many other journalists that have covered this story. The crucial peice of information here is that GCHQ already has the system to do this, GCHQ is already collecting this data, and is already doing so in the exact way described by the Government relating to this bill. They’re already doing it. This has been going on for a long time — we know about the system because of Snowden and other leaks. Every article I have about the topic has completely ignored this, and frames the discussion in the Government’s terms, using the Government’s language, “powers to be granted”, “will be able to”, “the new powers” ignoring the reality that the legalities of this system are being dealt with post-hoc, and that it already exists and is collecting this data NOW. There’s no expansion of actual powers here, only legal justification for a secret, unilateral, expansion that happened long ago and that was entirely cloaked from public scrutiny.

    “All the data the government would ever want will be there for the taking.”

    It already is.

  2. Foriegn and domestic policy and the new Investigatory Powers Bill , reminds me of the film Marathon Man. The goverment and friends have a huge pile of diamonds and are effectively drilling holes in people’s teeth, asking, ‘is it safe’?

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