As the year draws to a close here is Part 4 of our series 2018 - a year like no other for data protection! October opened with two court decisions in respect of large scale litigation; ICO enforcement action in Heathrow Airport Limited highlighted the basic errors committed by employees that employers need to guard against; the EDPB's draft guidelines on extra territorial scope were finally published; and Christmas came early when "confidential" Facebook emails were disclosed due to a rare Parliamentary power being exercised. We conclude our series with some key takeaways for all stakeholders controlling or processing data.
The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 – A "Snoopers' Charter" or a legitimate surveillance tool for today's society?
Last weekend, as a result of the Westminster terror attack, Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for the introduction of a surveillance backdoor in end-to-end encryption applications such as WhatsApp. This is despite the wide provisions of the recently enacted Investigatory Powers Act and the lack of evidence that mass surveillance using, for example, such backdoors prevents terrorism. Furthermore, such demands create a real tension between privacy and national security. So what does the Snoopers' Charter aka The Investigatory Powers Act potentially provide for?