16th February 2016

ITSPA launches guide on draft Investigatory Powers Bill

To coincide with the publication of the report by the Joint Committee on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, ITSPA, the voice of the next generation communications industry in the UK, has launched a guide to the draft Bill for its members.

The draft Bill, which has received a great deal attention from much of the tech sector, the press and the three Parliamentary Committees, including the Joint Committee which was set up to scrutinise the draft legislation, has implications for the next generations communications sector. ITSPA’s guide provides a summary of the key provisions contained in the Bill, the likely ramifications for member companies, summaries of the three Parliamentary Committee reports into the Bill and an overview of industry reaction.

Eli Katz, the Chair of ITSPA stated “I am pleased to announce that ITSPA has published a guide to the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, exclusively for members. The draft Bill has received a great deal of press and industry attention and our guide provides an excellent summary of the provisions which are likely to become law. Whilst ITSPA has generally accepted the main principles of the draft Bill we do agree with the various Committee reports that more needs to be done to ensure the balance and proportionality around security, privacy and feasibility are maintained. We will continue to engage with the Home Office on the key areas of concern and look forward to the Government’s response to the various Committee reports.”

Katz went on to say “The publication of this guide is further evidence of the excellent library of guidance that is made available to companies that are members of ITSPA. I urge all member companies to study this guide”


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