UK: Ripa drafters did not consider its use to access journalists' data

It transpires that when the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) was being drafted no-one realised it could be used to access journalists’ communications and thus compromise their confidential sources. One of those who helped to draft the act, Michael Drury, who was GCHQ’s director of legal affairs between 1996 and 2010, said journalism was barely considered.

Drury told the audience that during the period of drafting attention was focused on privacy rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), rather than the right to freedom of expression under Article 10.

Country: UK

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: access to communications, GCHQ, confidentiality, journalism, European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), privacy, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa)

Posted on Wednesday 11 February 2015

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