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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill: What you need to know

Scott Carey | Nov. 12, 2015
The 299-page draft bill will be debated and consulted on before a bill is formally introduced to Parliament in the New Year.

Privilege

The draft Bill does specify 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.

What next?

The 299-page draft bill will be debated and consulted on before a bill is formally introduced to Parliament in the New Year, where it will have to pass votes in both Houses of Parliament.

 

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