Investigatory Powers Bill passed by Lords

Investigatory Powers Bill passed by Lords

The Investigatory Powers Bill has been passed by the House of Lords and awaits Royal Assent.

The so-called Snoopers’ Charter allows the state to use electronic snooping tactics to deal with crime and terrorism, including the widespread gathering of data.

Internet and phone companies will have to store comprehensive records of users’ activity for 12 months and allow law enforcement agencies to access these on demand.

Police and others will also be allowed to bug computers and phones with the Home Secretary’s approval.

Requests to view call data will be made in private to telecoms providers; will require the approval of a new “judicial commissioner” and will be subject to an “overriding public interest” test.

The bill received a mixed response to amendments meant to allay concerns about legal professional privilege.

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