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Electronic Surveillance: a (not so) brave new world?

Michael Drury and Luke Clements consider the public response to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the ensuing debate surrounding internet connection records.

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 receives Royal Assent

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) – known colloquially as the “Snooper’s Charter” – has been one of the most hotly debated laws of recent times. The product of Theresa May’s tenure as the Home Secretary, NGOs and opponents now suggest there was insufficient scrutiny given by Parliament during its passage. 

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