Modernise the Rule of Law and Strengthen Surveillance Safeguards

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While surveillance powers can be used to protect our security, they can also be abused and undermine the very values they seek to protect. Legal mechanisms that protect our privacy, which is a fundamental human right, are an essential protection against this.

As a result, new surveillance powers and increasingly intrusive techniques need to be checked and challenged to make sure they are in line with international human rights standards.  Legal safeguards, such as judicial oversight and transparency mechanisms which hold surveillance powers and agencies publicly accountable, are essential in guarding against abuses.