On 1 December 2016, I had the honour of being invited to give evidence to Germany’s Bundestag Committee of Inquiry on the subject of international mass surveillance, as revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
This is the only major over-arching inquiry into Snowden’s revelations of NSA/international mass surveillance. Sorrily for the Committee, it became interested in evidence on what the UK’s agencies have been up to and what the recent legislative process (the Investigatory Powers Act) had been like.
It was a good opportunity to reaffirm that the UK’s new surveillance legislation must not be seen as world-leading because it is not compliant with human rights law and only entrenches and extends, rather than remedies, mass surveillance.
The video of my oral evidence is here, and a transcript is posted below: