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DRIP (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers) in the UK

Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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I found out about DRIP through this tweet:
#DRIP will join the Digital Economy Act as some of the most forward-looking legislation ever devised for the Information Age.

I then read a couple articles/editorials on the topic. Which told me this happened two weeks ago and I'm first hearing about it now. (Probably because war as dominated the world news). I'm surprised I didn't notice it in the Economist though. I do remembering reading about data privacy a week or two ago, but not about a rushed "emergency" piece of legislation.

Anyway, is the tweet sarcasm or is there a positive aspect of DRIP that I didn't pick up on from the two articles I read?

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Campbell Ritchie

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No, it is sarcasm. Shows how good HM Gov't are at rushing things through whilst everybody else is distracted by other news, e.g. Commonwealth Games, Anniversary of the Great War.
Richard Tookey

Joined: Aug 27, 2012
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DRIP was introduced because earlier attempts to create near equivalent legislation were shown to be against the human rights act and voted down. As with RIPA (which allows the police and security services to hold you without access to a solicitor) the DRIP legislation will be used outside it's stated domain and even though it has a limited lifetime some excuse will be fabricated found to extend the lifetime indefinitely. I sent emails indicating my displeasure about DRIP to both my local MPs and received a non-committal reply from one and nothing from the other.

For some reason all UK governments for the last 20 years seem to believe it is in our best interest that the security services and police are allowed to walk all over our human rights. I'm still expecting some excuse for the re-introduction of ID card legislation.
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