Menu visibility control

Video

Events

Startup Surgery

Most Recent

Tech City Voices

Making gender pay gap reporting work for tech

News

Top tech stats: UK FinTech, Brexit, cybersecurity and more

News

Startup Weekly: Just Eat’s FoodTech cohort, TrueStart’s call for applications and much more

Press Releases

Redbox Digital Gains Prestigious Magento Global Elite Partner Status
More than £1m transacted using Loot in its first 4 months
HT2 Labs receives Series A investment from City & Guilds Group

Queen signs Investigatory Powers Bill into law despite petition against it gaining 134,298 signatories

queen-elizabeth
twitterlinkedinFacebookgoogle_plustwitterlinkedinFacebookgoogle_plus

Despite mounting opposition from thousands of people, the Investigatory Powers Bill has been officially approved by the Queen.

The news comes after a petition asking the UK government to revoke the act reached over 134,000 signatures at the time of publication.

Signatories of the petition argued that the bill would grant “unprecedented levels of power” to the authorities and that these must be revoked.

2016: A year in UK tech

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement: “This government is clear that, at a time of heightened security threat, it is essential our law enforcement, security and intelligence services have the powers they need to keep people safe.

“The internet presents new opportunities for terrorists and we must ensure we have the capabilities to confront this challenge. But it is also right that these powers are subject to strict safeguards and rigorous oversight.

“The Investigatory Powers Act is world-leading legislation that provides unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection,” she added.

As a result of the largely controversial bill, the UK government and intelligence agencies will have unprecedented surveillance power unmatched by that of any other country in Western Europe or the USA.

Internet providers will also have to keep records on their users’ internet usage and share this with various departments and organisations if asked to do so.

Unveiled a year ago and championed by current prime minister Theresa May, the bill was passed through the House of Lords earlier this month, before being sent for final approval.

Enter your email address to receive updates straight to your inbox

* indicates required
Send me news on...
twitterlinkedinFacebookgoogle_plustwitterlinkedinFacebookgoogle_plus

Editor's picks

gender pay reporting

Making gender pay gap reporting work for tech
posted 7 hours ago

tech stats

Top tech stats: UK FinTech, Brexit, cybersecurity and more
posted on April 22, 2017

startup weekly

Startup Weekly: Just Eat’s FoodTech cohort, TrueStart’s call for applications and much more
posted on April 21, 2017

Divido EP winner

Meet our FinTech Startup of the Year: Divido
posted on April 21, 2017

shanghai

GP Bullhound: UK’s ranking in FinTech declines slightly as China takes the lead
posted on April 21, 2017

TWIT 21.04

Nauta Capital’s $100m raise, Cera’s £1.4m Seed top up, Appear Here’s US expansion and more in the Week in Tech
posted on April 21, 2017