First hand evidence suggests that mass surveillance makes the security services’ jobs harder, not easier, on the basis that you cannot look for a needle in a haystack more efficiently by making the haystack bigger.

Numerous human rights and civil liberties organisations, as well as politicians from across the political spectrum, have spoken out against the bill as a serious threat to our civil liberties.  In light of the ECJ ruling against the Government’s surveillance regime and David Davis', one of the original challengers of GCHQ’s mass retention of data, appointment to a senior Cabinet position, there may be interesting developments.