Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill receives Royal Assent

26/04/2024 | UK Government

On Thursday, 25 April, the controversial UK Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill officially received the King's Royal Assent and will become law.

According to the Home Office's press release, the reforms are intended to help intelligence agencies keep up with a range of threats, including those posed by terrorists, hostile state actors, child abusers, and criminal gangs. The 2016 act is being updated to reflect the changing technology landscape and current threats to the UK. The changes will allow intelligence agencies to develop necessary tools and capabilities to draw insights from vast quantities of data, better understand threats, and respond more effectively.

In related news, the Open Rights Group published its response to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee. ORG recommended provisions allowing the government to prevent technology companies from adding or improving security features, and that those involved in surveillance activities should be notified once the need for secracy has passed. ORG also called for an independent regulator to ensure proportionality and the necessity of decision-making. 

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