The content of the new emergency data retention law and the way it was rushed through Parliament continues to generate headlines.
Now two MPs are looking to bring a judicial review challenge of DRIP, or Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 to use its full name. Such a challenge would probably not take place before Autumn 2014. If successful this would not mean DRIP would be dropped but that it would have to be interpreted in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights.
As if to stay one step ahead, it appears the Prime Minister will seek to have a home grown UK Human Rights Act in place of the Convention. It’s not human rights law that’s the problem; if anything it’s arguably the overly politically-correct way it has been applied.
Not for the first time the UK government seems to be chasing its tail. Or maybe the law really is an ass…
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