To compromise the freedoms of a society which has no bill of rights and no written constitution to protect it from the menace of future tyrants is irresponsible in the extreme. Laws have a habit of lying around and when Labour eventually loses an election, we must hope that the incoming government draws up a list of laws to remove immediately from the statute books.
Here's my proto-list — please feel free to add further liberty-destroying legislative powers in the comments!
|Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Part I Chapter II||Provides a wide range of government bodies with access to data on your phone and Internet usage with no judicial control|
|Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Part III||Allows law enforcement to demand passwords and decryption keys on pain of up two years in prison (five once the current Terrorism Bill is passed). If you tell anyone except your lawyer you have received such as demand, you can go to jail for five years. Can put the burden on you to prove you have forgotten your password.|
|Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 Part XI||Enables government to require phone companies and ISPs to store information about their customers calls and Internet usage|
All of the last week's legislation, assuming it makes it through the Lords, needs to be added to the list. Along with the parts of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 that makes arrestable virtually every offence; the police powers to compel the production and storage of DNA from anybody they come across; ASBOs; and so on.