Communications Data Bill

In 2012, the government introduced the Draft Communications Data Bill. The legislation was, in its official capacity, designed to replace the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to accommodate for the changing ways in which citizens of the 21st Century communicate. The language and flaws in the bill, however, left the Home Secretary and Whitehall open to allegations of attempting to impose a surveillance state.

Following the 2012 House of Commons hearings into the UK Draft Data Communications Bill, London based privacy organisation the Open Rights Group has produced 'Digital Surveillance: Why the Snoopers' Charter is the Wrong approach.'   The organisation invited privacy advocates, experts, journalists and lawyers to contribute chapters to the book analysing the issues surrounding the proposed bill.  Duncan Campbell wrote chapter one, The Histroy of State Surveillance.  Read more, including Duncan's chapter, here


Joints Select Committee hearing

On 23 October, 2012, Duncan gave evidence in the House of Commons to the Joints Select Committee. Given his role as a campaigning, civil liberties journalist and an expert witness, he was able to provide the committee with a unique and balanced viewpoint.

Draft Communications Data Bill could lead to 'police state'

Plans to monitor all Britons' online activity could move the UK closer to becoming a "police state", a parliamentary committee has been told.
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Round-up: Scrambling for Safety 2012

A discussion hosted by Privacy International about the Draft Data Communications Bill.
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Evidence transcript

The uncorrected transcript of Duncan's 23 October evidence session. Also includes testimony by journalist, Henry Porter, solicitor for Enternet, and, later, former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC
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Draft Communcations Data Bill

Download a copy of the bill and read it for yourself
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Visit the Joints Select Committee website