The Investigatory Powers Act has now passed into law after receiving Royal Assent on 29 November 2016.
Welcoming the measures within the Act, President Gavin Thomas said:
“The Act is one of the most significant pieces of legislation put forward by the Government in this Parliament. It is also, in the view of the police service, one of the most essential.”
“Technological developments and communication capabilities are progressing at an astonishing rate. This progress has widespread benefits for people, families, businesses and society in general. However, it also brings with it opportunities for criminals and significant risks to safety and security.”
“The police service works hard to keep people safe every day, to prevent exploitation of the vulnerable and to protect society from terrorism, cyber crime and other harm. The Investigatory Powers Act contains measures that will help the police in trying to fight criminals who are exploiting new technology to threaten safety and security and cause personal or financial harm, injury or worse.”
“As authorising officers, our members will play a critical part in balancing rights of privacy with the need to keep the public safe, and are acutely aware of the importance of audit and inspection to reassure the public and maintain the legitimacy of the service.”