Britain’s data laws hard to justify - Pillay

Geneva - Emergency data collection laws being rushed through the British parliament will not address a key concern raised by the European Court of Justice and should be the subject of a public debate, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

“To me it's difficult to see how the UK can now justify rushing through wide-reaching emergency legislation which may not fully address the concerns raised by the court, at time when there are proceedings ongoing by the UK's own investigative powers tribunal on these very issues,” said Navi Pillay.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. File picture: Denis Balibouse. Credit: Reuters

The court found that a European data retention directive violated the charter of fundamental rights of the European Union because it failed to impose strict limits on such data collection and retention, Pillay said. - Reuters