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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill 01/12/2015 The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has published a call for evidence.

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has published a call for evidence. Submissions should be sent by 21st December.

The controversial draft Bill includes plans for a new oversight regime, replacing the three bodies currently in place with a single, stronger body led by an Investigatory Powers Commissioner. It includes provisions on communications data, interception and equipment interference, and provides for the retention of internet connection records, access to which will be tightly controlled.

"This is an extremely important draft Bill, and the necessity of ensuring that our security services and law enforcement agencies have appropriate tools to combat terrorism and serious crime has never been more apparent,” said Lord Murphy of Torfaen, Chairman of the new Joint Committee. “This Committee will be examining whether the draft Bill provides for the correct powers and whether a compelling operational case can be made for all those powers. It will also scrutinise the proposed authorisation and oversight regimes to ensure that these powers will be properly used.”

"The Committee's conclusions will be dependent on the quality of evidence it receives, so it would very much like to hear from anyone with an interest in these areas," he added.

The Committee will report in February 2016.

Further details can be found here.

 

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