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Snooper's Charter: What you need to know about the Investigatory Powers Bill

Scott Carey | June 8, 2016
What you need to know about the Investigatory Powers Bill, how it may affect your communications and the response so far.

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The draft bill specified sensitive professions, namely medical doctors, lawyers, journalists, Members of Parliament and the devolved legislatures, and Ministers of Religion, who will be afforded extra protections under a new code of practice. The safeguards appear to be limited though, with the new judicial authorisation cited, along with the added obligation to ensure that the information being investigated is in the public interest.

In its suggestions for the bill, the joint committee report went further on the issue of privilege, recommending: "That extra protections for privileged and confidential communications should be applied in the same way as is proposed for journalists."

What next?

The Investigatory Powers Bill comfortably passed votes for its third and final reading in the House of Commons by 444 votes to 69. It will now be sent to the House of Lords to be scrutinised by peers.

Source: Computerworld UK 


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