The Court of Appeal on 30 January,2018 said the powers in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, (DRIPA) which paved the way for the Investigatory Powers Act, 2016 did not restrict the accessing of confidential personal phone and web browsing records to investigations of serious crime, and allowed police and other public bodies to authorise their own access without adequate oversight. The provisions of Investigatory Powers Act, 2016 (known as the snooper’s charter) are effectively unlawful and must be urgently changed as per the Court. It further ruled that sections of the legislation contravened European Union law.
The government defended its use of communications data to fight serious and organised crime.
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