The Home Office has decided to meet with the Open Rights Group to discuss the data interception issues surrounding the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
According to the BBC, this meeting has been forced on the Home Office by the European Commission, following an investigation into Phorm, a contentious ad tracking programme that was introduced into the UK. The EC found from this that the UK has no legal right to reply for people that suspect their web activity was being unintentionally monitored.
The Home Office was earlier criticised by the Open Rights Group for assigning a very short consultation period for the Act and passing it without publicising it.
Jim Killock of the ORG wrote in a blog post: “The Home Office, after several weeks of requests from ORG and others, has agreed to a meeting of civil society representatives next week concerning their review of enforcement of RIPA’s interception laws.”
“This is a small but important victory for ORG: it is vital that civil society is not 'locked out' of discussions like this, allowing industrial voices to determine the agenda alone,” he added.