Investigatory Powers Bill: Politicians exempt themselves from new wide-ranging spying laws
The decision to let MPs and other legislators have extra protections was the first and for a long time only amendment made to the Bill
Politicians have exempted themselves from Britain’s new wide-ranging spying laws.
The Investigatory Powers Act, which has just passed into law, brings some of the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to spies in a democratic state. But protections against those spying powers have been given to MPs.
Most of the strongest powers in the new law require that those using them must be given a warrant. That applies to people wanting to see someone’s full internet browsing history, for instance, which is one of the things that will be collected under the new law.