European Data Protection Digest

Home Office Adds Seats to the Table in RIPA Meeting

PRIVACY LAW—UK

December 3, 2010

After privacy and data protection advocates voiced concern about being left out of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act consultations, the Home Office announced that it will meet with advocacy groups to discuss the proposed law, reports ZDNet UK. Six groups, including the Open Rights Group, wrote a letter to Security Minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones requesting a meeting. Currently, between eight and 10 bodies will attend the meeting, but Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group believes more may be added. "Just the act of participating and being able to be one side of the argument moves the centre of gravity of these discussions," Killock said.
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