Liberty granted rights to challenge the Snoopers’ Charter

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (the “Act“) received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” it has been heavily criticised by various commentators, including the advocacy group Liberty.

The main source of criticism has been around the requirements for bulk retention of data (such as communications data and internet connection records) and the increased ability of public authorities to access such data. Communications data is the ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘how’ and ‘with whom’ of a communication, but not the content, whilst internet connection records are records of the services that have been accessed by any device. Continue reading

Return of the Snooper: Investigatory Powers Act given Royal Assent

The Investigatory Powers Act (the “IPA“) was given Royal Assent on 29 November 2016, despite being described by Edward Snowden as “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy”.

At its core, the IPA is a consolidation of existing legislation such as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (“DRIPA“), the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (“RIPA“), and certain provisions of the Telecommunications Act. That being said, the IPA does more than simply consolidate existing laws. In certain places it significantly extends existing requirements. Continue reading