Open Rights Group to Sue UK Government Over DRIP

Open Rights Group, one of the chief opponents to the UK’s new data retention law DRIP, has attempted to block the legislation with court action.


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Its basis for seeking a court case is the ruling from the European Court of Justice, which ruled that data retention from ISPs and telecoms for governments was unlawful. However the DRIP (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers) bill cleared the Commons this week.

“We’re already meeting with lawyers and taking Counsel’s advice to work out the best way to take the Government to court,” said ORG’s Jim Killock today.

“We will work every other group who is willing to help. But a major legal battle like this is going to be tough. The more resources we have, the more we’ll be able to do to stand up to DRIP.”

“The courts will have the final say on whether DRIP breaches human rights. And no matter what David Cameron believes, the UK has international obligations,” he said. “The European Convention on Human Rights, the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and our own Human Rights Act – all exist to defend our rights and are where we will be able to challenge DRIP.”

“Blanket data retention is unlawful and we will fight against this legislation. Our message to Theresa May is: see you in court”

Home Secretary Theresa May has described DRIP as necessary to prevent terrorism and crime while Edward Snowden says the act, which was rushed through the houses of parliament as an ‘emergency’, is one that “defies belief”.

Open Rights Group has been urging all UK residents to contact their local MPs to voice their concerns over this law.

It remains to be seen if ORG will have a legitimate chance of bringing its case to court and going the distance.