The Science and Technology Select Committee, which Nicola chairs, has published a report in to the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill and associated technology issues. The inquiry has examined the new powers within the Draft in depth, looking at their technological implications and the Bill’s consequences for privacy and data security.
The Committee’s report has found that the Bill risks undermining the UK’s strongly performing Tech sector because of uncertainty about the costs of complying with the new legislation. It is clear that UK businesses must not be placed at a relative commercial disadvantage to overseas competitors by the proposed measures and the costs of implementing the additional data storing measures in the draft Bill should be fully met by the Government.
To read the report and all evidence received, visit the Committee’s website.
Nicola says It is vital that we get the balance right between protecting our security and the health of our economy. We need our security services to be able to do their job and prevent terrorism, but as legislators we need to be careful not to inadvertently disadvantage the UK’s rapidly growing Tech sector.