With the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act, previously secret illegal surveillance practice revealed by Edward Snowden will now be entrenched in law, alongside new powers not used in any western democracy.
Below are some of the key ways the IPA might affect you.
Proposals to collect the internet connection records (ICRs) of every UK citizen could cost more than £1 billion. These costs, which would fall to the Home Office, could be the equivalent cost of employing 3,000 full-time police officers at a time of officer cuts.
We understand that a revised draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill will be published in the first week of March – less than three weeks after the Joint Committee reported its findings. We are gravely concerned that the significant flaws within the Bill will not have been addressed. This report aims to give MPs and Peers a clear summary of the risks and threats posed by the draft IPB, based on the committees' reports and the evidence submitted to them. We hope that it will help Parliamentarians judge whether these issues have been satisfactorily resolved in the revised Bill.