The Joint Committee on the Communications Data Bill published its report today. As expected the report is very critical of the sweeping powers the bill will provide and the committee has labelled some Home Office evidence as “fanciful and misleading”.
Although the critical of the Home Office evidence, unfortunately the Committee has failed to challenge the premise that more surveillance is needed and has failed to address the question of what problem the bill solves, which cannot be fixed with current powers.
It is of course unlikely that the Home Office will give up on the bill, although given the criticism it will probably need redrafting, hence, we still have much work to do to finally consign it to the dustbin.
A summary of the Joint Committee conclusions and the report are available at: