UK Lawyers Demand Client Communications Be Protected

By Emily Field (December 11, 2014, 3:51 PM EST) -- Lawyers in the United Kingdom are demanding new laws to protect private communications between attorneys and their clients from state surveillance after last month's revelation that British intelligence services spies target and intercept privileged information.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, members of the bar in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales said that current laws protecting legally privileged communications from state surveillance and data acquisition are ineffectual and weak.  British lawyers say legal professional privilege is not explicitly protected by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000, stating that fundamental duty of lawyers to protect client confidentiality.

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