ISPA lobbies Ministers and MPs on the Investigatory Powers Bill
The Investigatory Powers Bill made rapid progress through Parliament in March and ISPA members still have significant concerns on what it means for industry and that it is not getting sufficient time for scrutiny. Now in Committee Stage, ISPA is keen for the Bill to be amended to heed the concerns of industry. ISPA has been active on this issue, co-writing a letter in The Daily Telegraph and preparing a briefing paper for the Bill's 2nd Reading outlining five key industry concerns:
- The industry has been asking for and fully supports a reform of the surveillance framework
- The Bill does not do what the Home Office says it does
- Key terms, concepts and cost implications remain unclear
- Full cost recovery needs to be written into the Bill
- The timetable for the bill is too ambitious.
The briefing paper was quoted by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP and Anne McLaughlin MP when the Bill was debated in Parliament, who reiterated the need for clearer definitions. Furthermore ISPA participated in a TechCity roundtable with Security Minister John Hayes MP and Internet Safety & Security Minister Baroness Shields. The event heard from ISPA, ITSPA and leading cyber security companies on their thoughts on the Bill, with a particular focus on encryption. We look forward to engaging further with Government and Parliament as the Bill progresses through Committee Stage.