Apple, Facebook, and Others Weigh In on UK Investigatory Powers Bill

By Susan Hennessey, Cody M. Poplin
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 10:43 AM

The UK Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has released written evidence submissions on the legislation. A number of US companies—including Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—and policy groups submitted statements, along with various European stakeholders and private individuals. These briefs offer insight into the authors' respective views on mass surveillance, business equities, and privacy. We expect to see forthcoming commentary on a number of the submissions. In the meantime, the full list is here. Below are a selection of submissions that might be of particular interest to the Lawfare reader:

Amnesty International UK

Apple Inc. and Apple Distribution International

Center for Democracy & Technology

EE (T-Mobile and Orange)

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc., Yahoo Inc.

Guardian News & Media

Human Rights Watch

Susan Morgan, formerly of Global Network Initiative


New America’s Open Technology Institute

The Tor Project

UN Special Rapporteurs


Professor Andrew Woods