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Investigatory Powers Bill: Committee Stage Report

Published Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Investigatory Powers Bill was introduced on 1 March 2016 and received its second reading on 15 March.There were sixteen sittings of the Public Bill Committee, including two evidence sessions. The Bill is due to have its report stage on 6 June 2016.

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The Investigatory Powers Bill was introduced on 1 March 2016 and received its second reading on 15 March. Library Briefing Paper 7518 Investigatory Powers Bill provides an analysis of the Bill as originally introduced in the Commons.

There were sixteen sittings of the Public Bill Committee, including two evidence sessions. The Bill is due to have its report stage on 6 June 2016.

Amendments made in Committee were largely technical or minor drafting amendments.

Particularly controversial areas included:

  • The process for judicial authorisation of warrants
  • The retention of internet connection records
  • The need for an independent review of bulk powers
  • The extent to which the Bill makes adequate provision for the protection of privacy
  • Protection for sensitive and confidential communications, including those of journalists and MPs, and material subject to legal professional privilege

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7578

Author: Joanna Dawson

Topics: Crime, Human rights, Intelligence services, Internet and cybercrime, Privacy, Terrorism

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