Keeping up with world standards of oppressive surveillance – updated draft of Polish antiterrorist law

Few days ago Polish Government Center of Legislation has released updated draft of new act on antiterrorist measures introduced supposedly to aid Polish special services in preventing terrorist attacks and conducting efficient counter-terrorism operations in case an attack occurs. It is worth noting that original text of the act was initially released by NGO Panoptykon Foundation, who received it from an anonymous source – official document was published day later by the Ministry of Interior. Given that Poland has never been target of terrorist attack it was hard to justify introduction of such initiative based on threat level. However forthcoming World Youth Days, NATO summit and terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels were more than enough for the government to announce the need for widening authority of special services – mainly Internal Security Agency (ABW).

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UK surveillance reform – third time’s a charm?

As NSA is preparing to end bulk collection of phone calls data in the US, on the other side of the Atlantic, UK is preparing to introduce new regulation regarding investigatory powers of British law enforcement. Presented yesterday, by Home Secretary Theresa May, Investigatory Powers Bill (already known as “snoopers’ charter”) will significantly overhaul currently existing provisions regulating targeted interception, remote search, acquisition of bulk personal datasets and retention of internet connection records by CSPs (Communication Services Providers) as well as oversight and authorisation matters. The fact that data retention is once again introduced in the UK, as it is third time British government is trying to push it through, is especially daunting. Previous attempts were neutralised by judgement of CJEU that declared Data Retention Directive illegal and by decision of the UK High Court, which ordered two sections of the Data Retention and Regulation of Investigatory Powers – apparently British government refuses to be bound by judiciary.

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