A British court has suspended the law on access to user data on the Network

© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity fotobanka in the UK against the background of the Palace of Westminster in London. Archive photoA British court has suspended the law on access to user data on the Network© RIA Novosti / Alex Monotonicity the image Bank

A British appeals court declared invalid the law 2014 about the access data of Internet users in the investigation of crimes.

The law (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act) proposed by the former Minister of internal Affairs Theresa may, was adopted by Parliament by emergency procedure, and the MPs got on the discussion one day. The law was intended to help the investigation to investigate serious and socially dangerous crimes. However, law enforcement agencies used the law in the investigation of less serious crimes, that has given rise to allegations of abuse. Against the law was an extensive campaign, one of whose leaders and plaintiff in the court of appeal was the Deputy head of the labour party Tom Watson. In court, Watson was represented by human rights organisation Liberty.

«The judges announced the decision on Tuesday, according to which this law was declared contrary to EU law… He (before adoption in the Parliament) have not been previously examined by the court or independent administrative body», — told RIA Novosti in the office of the court.

In particular, the law, which is currently suspended, did not restrict access to the confidential telephone conversations and stories web surfing, and allow police and government agencies to obtain the information of your interest without appropriate supervision. In fact, the law has opened access to the power structures to the databases providers with user information. Human rights activists said earlier that the power structures abusing anti-terrorist legislation for many years.

Watson welcomed the court’s decision, calling the law correctly from the very beginning of its discussion in Parliament.

«In a hurry considered before vacation, there was careful consideration by the Parliament. The government is obliged to amend all the legislation on the investigation of crimes so that hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom are innocent victims or witnesses of crimes would be protected by an independent system of sanctions on access to communications data», — it is told in received RIA Novosti news Agency the statement of Watson.

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