2016 Investigatory Powers Act

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The so-called "Snoopers' Charter", which effectively legalised universal surveillance by the UK Deep state.

Not to be confused with the 2000 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (nicknamed the Snoopers' Charter) legalised a lot of mass surveillance.

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It also addressed the legal status of MI5's use of criminal activity, as was revealed in March 2018 after the UK government lost a 7 month legal battle.[1]

De Facto legalisation of Parallel Construction in UK courts

Full article: Parallel Construction

The Register observed that by preventing evidence being revealed or questioned in court, the act effectively permits parallel construction with evidence obtained through mass surveillance.[2]

Criminal activity by agents of Intelligence Services

The section of the IPA, as published on March 1st, 2018 by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office.

Investigatory Powers Act 2016

   Investigatory Powers Commissioner (Additional Directed Oversight Functions)
      (Security Service agent participation in criminality) Direction 2017

The Prime Minister, in exercise of the power conferred by section 230 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 ("the Act), directs the Investigatory Powers Commissioner as follows:

Citation and Commencement

1. This direction may be cited as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (Additional Directed Oversight Functions (Security Service participation in criminality) Direction 2017
2. This Direction comes into force on 1st September 2017.

Additional Review Functions

3. The Investigatory Powers Commissioner shall keep under review the application of the Security Service guidelines on the use of agents who participate in criminality and the authorisations issued in accordance with them.

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Incompatibility with EU law

In April 2018, the bill was found unlawful under EU law after a crowdfunded challenge. The UK government was given 6 months to rewrite it.[4]

 

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"Open government"

Investigatory Powers Act 2016

   Investigatory Powers Commissioner (Additional Directed Oversight Functions)
      (Security Service agent participation in criminality) Direction 2017

The Prime Minister, in exercise of the power conferred by section 230 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 ("the Act), directs the Investigatory Powers Commissioner as follows:

Citation and Commencement

1. This direction may be cited as the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (Additional Directed Oversight Functions (Security Service participation in criminality) Direction 2017
2. This Direction comes into force on 1st September 2017.

Additional Review Functions

3. The Investigatory Powers Commissioner shall keep under review the application of the Security Service guidelines on the use of agents who participate in criminality and the authorisations issued in accordance with them.

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