Antony Hook has long been a proponent for protecting and enhancing the rights and freedoms of the people. He campaigned against the introduction of ID cards in the UK, and for search warrants to be issued carefully and proportionately. Antony has been a practicing barrister since 2003. Antony has been appointed to as a member of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
Specifically, the committee deals with data protection issues; asylum, migration, and “integrated management of the common borders”; and the EU approach to criminal law”, including police and judicial cooperation and terrorism, all while ensuring that the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality are respected. Additionally, it oversees several agencies of the European Union, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Europol, Eurojust, the European Police College (Cepol), the European Public Prosecutor’s Office and other such agencies.
However, its purview does not include gender-based discrimination, which is overseen by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, and employment discrimination, which is overseen by the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.
In his role on the LIBE, Antony is on the frontline in the fight to protect individuals rights to privacy from the behemoth tech giants, working to ensure that the data collected by the social media companies and others is controlled and handled appropriately. Antony will bring the skill he has developed as an advocate, local councillor and lawyer to bear as he fights to protect the rights of citizens across the UK , the EU and further afield.