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In a claim brought by David Davis MP and Tom Watson MP, the Divisional Court has disapplied section 1 of the emergency data retention legislation, DRIPA. The Divisional Court held that there were inadequate safeguards governing access to communications data. The Court’s order is suspended until March 2016. Permission to appeal was granted.

Dinah Rose QC, Ben Jaffey and Iain Steele acted pro bono for Mr Davis MP and Mr Watson MP.

James Eadie QC acted for the Home Secretary.

Ravi Mehta acted pro bono for the 1st and 2nd Interveners (Open Rights Group and Privacy International).

Tom Hickman acted for the 3rd Intervener (The Law Society Of England And Wales).