The Government has introduced landmark legislation to provide law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies with increased investigatory powers.

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill sets out in unprecedented detail the powers already available to law enforcement agencies (including MI5 and MI6), enshrines new capabilities in legislation and significantly strengthens the oversight, safeguards and authorisation that govern their use. The draft Bill will go through full pre-legislative scrutiny before a revised Investigatory Powers Bill is laid before Parliament in spring 2016.