UN commissioner criticises decision to fast-track emergency surveillance bill
Alan Travis, home affairs editor for The Guardian, 16 July 2014
Navi Pillay says data retention and investigatory powers bill will not address privacy concerns raised by European court of justice
The UN human rights chief has criticised Britain’s rush through parliament this week of the new emergency law on surveillance and data retention.
The UN high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said the data retention and investigatory powers bill – known as the Drip bill – will not address key privacy concerns raised by the European court of justice when it struck down the current regime in April and should be the subject of wider public debate.
“To me it’s difficult to see how the UK can now justify rushing through wide-reaching emergency legislation which may not fully address the concerns raised by the court, at time when there are proceedings ongoing by the UK’s own investigative powers tribunal on these very issues,” Pillay said in Geneva on Wednesday.