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Joint cross-sectoral statement: Concerns Regarding the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill

Release Date: 22 March 2024

The UK Chapter of the Internet Society is a co-author and co-signatory of today’s Joint cross-sectoral Statement that saw Civil Society organisations work with academics and TechUK, to express concerns about a Bill that is reaching Report Stage in Parliament on Monday 25 March 2024.

The Statement was picked up on Friday 22 March 2024 by the BBC News article “‘Mass surveillance’ fears over law change plans”.

The Statement can be found here:

In parallel, the UK Chapter has been very active in corresponding with the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR).

This resulted in a letter sent by the Chair of the Committee, Joanna Cherry KC MP, to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, which makes extensive reference to input received from the Internet Society and the Internet Society UK Chapter. This input was submitted as part of the evidence that was collected by the JCHR.

The letter from the Chair of the JCHR to the Home Secretary expresses strong concerns from her committee members and in referring to the evidence received in their call for evidence.

The letter is shown here:

It is worth noting that to-date, no response has been received in relation to this letter, despite the request from the Chair of the JCHR to receive a response by 20 March 2024.

You can watch the proceedings of the Report Stage live on Monday on Parliament TV Live.