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MPs vote to approve controversial data retention bill

Controversial legislation in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill has cleared the Commons after completing all of its stages in one day and being agreed at third reading 449 to 33, a majority of 416.

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Rights Group: Blanket surveillance needs to end

The executive director of the Open Rights Group Jim Killock condemned the government's emergency measures to pass new data laws, saying it cannot just re-legislate every time it disagrees with a ruling by the European Court of Justice.

The Government knows that since the ECJ ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed.

Not only will the proposed legislation infringe our right to privacy, it will also set a dangerous precedent where the Government simply re-legislates every time it disagrees with a decision by the ECJ. The ruling still stands and these new plans may actually increase the amount of our personal data that is retained by ISPs, further infringing on our right to privacy.

Blanket surveillance needs to end. That is what the court has said.

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