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The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and Internet Connections Records

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This article in our Royal Holloway Information Security series examines the implication of the state’s collection of Internet Connection Records under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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  • Due to the tumultuous events of 2016, many of us – including some in the information security community – may have missed the Royal Ascent of the Investigatory Powers Act onto the UK statute book, which did not register highly in the public consciousness, other than some headlines referring to the act as the “Snoopers Charter”.
  • The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 is a mammoth piece of legislation covering a myriad of legislative areas, and one of the standout parts of the act is the introduction of Internet Connection Records (ICRs), which allow UK law enforcement – under certain circumstances – to request communications data from internet service providers (ISPs).
  • This e-handbook in the Royal Holloway series will explain what ICRs are and what they do, investigate if they are likely to work in practice and will find out if they are possible to avoid – in doing so, it highlights some surprising findings and discovers if the criticism and the applause for ICRs are justified or not.



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