GNI submitted evidence to the UK government review of communications and interception powers by David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.
Specifically, we recommend that the UK government:
- Develop reform proposals for lawful interception and communications data that would serve as a worthy model for other countries to adopt, mindful that policy and legislation in the UK is often emulated by governments in the Commonwealth and around the world.
- Halt the bulk collection of content and communications data from providers, and bring all data collection programmes, for law enforcement and national security purposes, under the auspices of an independent oversight regime.
- Prioritize Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) reforms to manage challenges around cross-border data requests, rather than asserting extraterritorial jurisdiction over data controlled outside the UK.
- Adopt a robust set of transparency provisions that enable public understanding of the scope of interception and communications data powers, policies, and practices.
- Broadly consult with industry, civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders to aid in the development of policy options for public debate, informed by human rights impact assessments.
Read the full submission.