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Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I spent a lot of time sitting on the Joint Committee, and since then, searching in vain for a cogent reason why the Secretary of State needs to sign off warrants that have no national security or diplomatic import. Why should the Minister spend her valuable time examining and authorising warrants about everyday criminals? We are told that two-thirds or three-quarters—I do not know...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: Perhaps I may ask the Minister three questions. Do the Government have any problems with the way that PACE currently protects journalists’ sources? I ask this because many of the criticisms he made of this amendment with respect to potential tipping off would surely also apply to PACE. The second question is this: do the Government feel that this Bill protects the communications data of...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, my name is also to this amendment, I shall not detain the House for very long. There is one aspect of this that I do not think has been mentioned: without protection for the anonymity of whistleblowers, far fewer will come forward and expose themselves to the revenge of their employers or others in powerful positions. There is ample evidence of whistleblowers being severely...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I will speak briefly to Amendment 14. We have already heard at length that, in its report on the Bill, the ISC called for a “backbone” of privacy to be inserted into it. The Home Office’s initial response was to add one word to the next version of the Bill: it inserted “privacy” into the title of Part 1 so that “General protections became “General privacy...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: Before the noble Baroness sits down, can I point out that I share entirely her concerns and those of her noble friend about journalists confusing the public interest with the interest of the public? If there were any such amendment along the lines that I suggested, it would have to be drafted so narrowly that that confusion could not exist.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, Amendment 17 in my name would provide for a statutory public interest defence for the offence set out in Clause 3. Clause 3 effectively reproduces the RIPA Section 1 criminal offence of phone hacking, of which the Prime Minister’s director of communications, Andy Coulson—among others—was convicted when he was editor of the News of the World. I invite the House to support the...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, it is a good idea to remind ourselves at times like these that we live in a democracy, and part of what defines a democracy is that our Government do not rule us and we are not their subjects; they govern on our behalf, and with our consent. So when our Government ask us to hand over prodigious quantities of our information that reveal in detail how we live our private lives, we...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (1st Day) (11 Jul 2016)

Lord Strasburger: That is exactly what I was just doing. I fully support the amendments in this group. They seek to give effect to the Intelligence and Security Committee’s demand that privacy protections should form the backbone of the legislation around which these surveillance powers are built as exceptions to the privacy norm. Clause 2 was the Government’s answer to the ISC’s demand, but it is...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Bill and congratulate the Home Secretary on the good intentions behind it. I have been calling for reform in this area for four years. To start with, I was ridiculed by some Members of this House and patronised by Ministers. But then, in July 2014, the Government finally admitted that RIPA and the other elderly Acts that make up the patchwork of legislation...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I have no idea, is the answer to that question. My point is that, contrary to what some people assert, the risk of death from terrorism is not as high as it was 30 or 40 years ago, so we must take care not to surrender the freedoms that our parents and grandparents fought to protect in the Second World War on the basis of alleged unprecedented threats.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Strasburger: Thank you. Sometimes, possibly well-meant attempts to improve our safety by treating every citizen as a suspect and collecting everyone’s private data could have the unintended consequence of making us less safe. I am thinking of bulk surveillance powers, which some experts say risk hiding data about the bad guys under a tsunami of personal and private data about the 99% of us who will...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Second Reading (27 Jun 2016)

Lord Strasburger: I will do exactly that. The events of the last few days have demonstrated how volatile our politics have become and how quickly ruthless politicians can replace more moderate leaders. That means that we must be even more careful about what powers we give the Government to spy on us. Make no mistake—this is not an exaggeration—as it is currently drafted, and in the hands of an extreme...

Investigatory Powers Bill - Question (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clause 217 of the Investigatory Powers Bill will give them the power to force a company to break its own encryption in a similar manner to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation’s abandoned attempt to make Apple break the security of an iPhone.

Investigatory Powers Bill - Question (27 Apr 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, Clause 217 of the Investigatory Powers Bill gives the Government almost unlimited powers to force, in secret, companies to remove “electronic protection” from their products. How do the Government intend to use this power in the increasingly frequent cases where a company has designed the security of its products so that even the company itself is incapable of unlocking the...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Intelligence Services: Recruitment (16 Mar 2016)

Lord Strasburger: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the recruitment of the 1,900 additional intelligence personnel announced in November 2015, and what is being done to ensure that the salary package offered attracts sufficiently talented applicants.

Gambling: B2 Gaming Machines — Question (15 Mar 2016)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, in his article last week in the Times, calling for urgent action on FOBTs, Mr Fintan Drury, the former chairman of Paddy Power, said: “At the heart of the gambling sector, there is a troubling partnership between government and industry”. Is that troubling partnership the reason that the Government do nothing but procrastinate about FOBTs and are trying to defend the indefensible?

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: My Lords, shortly after being introduced to this House I had the temerity to start raising concerns about the plethora of unfit legislation covering digital surveillance powers and the ineffective controls and oversight over their use. Initially, my questions in this Chamber were met with a mixture of stonewalling by Ministers and ridicule from certain noble Lords connected to the security...

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: It will come. I am gratified to see that all parts of the House now recognise that the current laws are hopelessly flawed and that we need to start with a clean sheet of paper to build a fresh legislative framework to cover this important and contentious area. When I start to read this 370-page document I shall do so in the hope that the detail can live up to the billing the Home Secretary...

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill — Statement (4 Nov 2015)

Lord Strasburger: I shall save my questions for the Select Committee, but in the mean time I shall ask just one. What is the timetable for the forming of the Joint Committee and when do the Government hope to receive its report?


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