Investigatory Powers Bill, the Prevent duty, state secrecy and fundamental rights
On 11 October 2016 the IPB passed the report stage, which leaves only the third reading before royal assent. It is likely to become law in January 2017. The Bill is an unprecedented legislative assault on privacy. Although it is welcome in that it seeks to regulate what the authorities have been doing anyway without any formal legal basis, it contains incredibly far-reaching powers with insufficient oversight.
Author: Adam Straw
Publication date: December 8 2016