Investigatory Powers Bill

Scottish PEN calls for greater protections of privacy and freedom of expression inside the Snooper’s Charter.

This bill was introduced in 2015 by then-Home Secretary, Theresa May to modernise and consolidate surveillance legislation in the UK. Scottish PEN has been highly critical of the bill from day one and core concerns remain as to its impact on our fundamental freedoms including free expression and the right to privacy.

The bill’s powers include:

Scottish PEN submitted written evidence to Parliament, read below:

We are campaigning for increased public involvement in this bill and calling for the bill to be brought in line with human rights protections before the bill is made law by the end of 2016.