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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. Michael Drury and Julian Hayes discuss the Act, the powers it regulates and the controversy it has generated.

Weighing in at 291 pages and comprising 272 sections, 10 Schedules and 6 detailed draft Codes of Practice, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) (which received Royal Assent on 29 November) passed its final Parliamentary remarkably quickly. Praised by the Government as “world-leading legislation that provides unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection”, the IPA has been condemned by privacy campaigners for licensing “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy” and for representing “a beacon for despots everywhere”.

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