The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill has launched a call for evidence on the contents of the bill which, once adopted, will repeal and replace the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.
The bill would provide a framework for security and intelligence agencies and law enforcement and other public authorities’ use of investigatory powers.
The committee is inviting views from interested individuals and organisations on a number of general issues, such as whether the powers are necessary, legal, workable, carefully defined and sufficiently supervised. More specific questions focus on, for example, whether there are sufficient operational justifications for carrying out targeted and bulk interception.
The closing date for written evidence is 21 December 2015.