Two MPs to sue government over data law ‘stitch-up’

23 Jul

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Reposted from Channel 4 news

Two MPs, Tom Watson and David Davis, are to sue the government for introducing “ridiculous” emergency legislation allowing police and security services access to people’s phone and internet records.

Left to right: David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP (pictures: Getty)

The MPs from either side of the House of Commons have applied for a judicial review of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (Drip).

This act of parliament was driven through the House of Commons with ridiculous and unnecessary haste to meet a completely artificial emergency.David Davis MP

Drip was rushed through parliament in just three days after receiving backing from all three major party leaders. It is a response to a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in April, which essentially ruled that what’s happening in the UK – under the Data Retention Regulations Act of 2009 – was illegal.

David Davis, the former Home Secretary and Conservative MP for Haltemprice and…

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