Experts warn about UK security laws

A group of UK legal academics has sent a letter to the country’s MPs calling for a proper assessment of the risks posed by Britain’s security laws.

38 specialist signatories drawn from across different fields of law explained their concerns adding new surveillance laws and immunity granted to police and intelligence service hackers must be subject to open assessment and thorough critique.

They said their aim is to “ensure that any changes in the law, and especially any expansions of power, are fully and transparently vetted by parliament, and open to consultation from the public and all relevant stakeholders.”

The change in law was first reported last Friday by the campaign group Privacy International, which had been in the process of bringing a legal challenge against the government in the hope of curtailing GCHQ’s invasive practices.


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