What the Investigatory Powers Bill means for the telecommunications industry

The draft Investigatory Powers Bill could have major implications for telecommunication companies operating in the UK

On 3 November, UK home secretary Theresa May unveiled the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which is planned for discussion in 2016 and not expected to come into law until 2017.

However, following the recent Paris terrorist attacks, prime minister David Cameron stated on the BBC Radio 4 Today show: “We should look at the timetable.”

Colin Tankard, managing director of Digital Pathways, predicts that in order to record the websites that users visit, “ISPs will have to enforce the type of router used, which will increase their cost and upset many users who prefer to use a better/higher-spec router”.

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