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The Investigatory Powers Bill receives Royal Assent

Last Updated: 01 Dec 2016
The new Act gives police, security and intelligence agencies the powers they need to keep the public safe.

News article - 1 Dec 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016.

The new legislation brings together and updates existing powers while radically overhauling how they are authorised and overseen. It also creates one new power: the introduction of Internet Connection Records, which will be accessible by law enforcement and the intelligence agencies to disrupt terrorist attacks and prosecute suspects.

The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons by the then Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, on 1 March 2016.

David Anderson's review of bulk powers, which critically appraised the need for bulk capabilities, considering whether the same result could have been achieved through alternative investigative methods, was published by the Home Office on 19 August 2016.