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Eric King and Daniella Lock: Investigatory Powers Bill: Key Changes Made by the Lords

What was formerly known as the Investigatory Powers Bill has received Royal Assent and is now the Investigatory Powers Act. The Bill was first published in draft form in November … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Scrutiny of Surveillance Warrants and the Broader Constitutional Context (Part III)

This post follows Parts I & II commenting on aspects of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner to be setup by the Investigatory Powers Bill currently before  the  House of Lords. A … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Putting the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in Focus (Part II)

Following on from the first post focusing on the double-lock in the Investigatory Powers Bill (“the Bill”). This second entry looks at the “institutional and procedural” issues around the introduction … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Authorisation of Surveillance Warrants in the United Kingdom – Putting the ‘Double-Lock’ in Focus (Part I)

When the Home Secretary commended the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny in November 2015, she lauded the oversight mechanisms in the Bill as ‘world-leading.’ A seminal feature of … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

Tom Hickman: The Investigatory Powers Bill: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Editors’ Note: This unusually long post addresses an abnormally large bill on an exceptionally important topic. We hope readers will appreciate the reasons for departing from our normal practice regarding … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nicholas Clapham: The Authorisation of Surveillance: A Separation of Power?

Editors’ note: The UK Parliament will debate reports into investigatory powers in its session today, 25 June 2015. On 11 June the Prime Minister released the review of investigatory powers … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Keith Ewing, Joan Mahoney, and Andrew Moretta: Surveillance and the Liberal State

The recent revelations by the Guardian about the ‘United Stasi of America’ appear to have disappointed, surprised and even shocked a number of people, who ought to know better.   The … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 4 Comments