Nov 172016
 November 17, 2016  Posted by  Featured News, Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Warwick Ashford reports:

The controversial Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) has been passed by both houses of Parliament and is likely to become law, but opposition by human rights and privacy campaigners remains high.


The Home Office, which is responsible for the IP Bill introduced by Theresa May while still home secretary, claimed the bill was necessary to protect the country’s national security, and had sufficient oversight for the surveillance powers it gave. But civil rights groups have said the powers are draconian and too intrusive.

The IP Bill grants intelligence agencies the ability to obtain and use bulk personal datasets that will include mostly individuals who are not suspected in any wrongdoing.

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