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The right to communicate with your lawyer without fear of your computer being bugged or your messages intercepted by the security and intelligence services is basic to the functioning of the justice system and the rule of law.
The Law Society’s response to the government’s consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) equipment interference and interception codes of practice argues that a review and reform is needed of the legislative framework for surveillance in the UK. We call for statutory guarantees recognising the importance of client-lawyer confidentiality.
Full response attached.