The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the voice of the UK internet industry, welcomed the announcement of a new Investigatory Powers Bill at the Queen’s Speech today. ISPA believes there is a need to update communications data legislation and we welcome the commitment to having appropriate safeguards and oversight in place and support the fact that the Bill will factor in the Anderson Review.

However Government must also allow Parliament, industry and other stakeholders enough time to have a full, open and comprehensive debate and we look forward to working with members to scrutinise the Bill when it is published in full.

Responding to the announcement of the new Bill, ISPA Secretary General Nicholas Lansman said “ISPA will work with members to scrutinise the new Bill and we urge Government to properly balance security, privacy, costs to industry, technical feasibility and the need to maintain the UK's reputation as a leading place to do business online”.

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