May 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Investigatory Powers Bill, Child Safety Online and the criminal offence of domestic abuse.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website:

Investigatory Powers Bill

The Privacy Law Committee submitted written evidence and amendments to the Investigatory Powers Bill ahead of the Committee stage in the House of Commons on 12 April.

We’ve warned that despite moves to protect client communications with solicitors, the Bill could still fall short. Confidential information between a lawyer and a client contributes to the rule of law, the proper functioning of the courts and is in the interests of justice. This information requires protection as it’s essential to ensure a client can speak freely with his or her lawyer and that the advice they receive will not be disclosed to the police, the security service or the media.

We have also pointed out potential risks relating to the requirement for telecommunications operators to retain data.

Our written evidence and amendments are available to read on the website