Last week, on 29th November 2016, the new Investigatory Powers Act 2016 received Royal Assent in the UK and came into force immediately.

Nicknamed the Snooper’s Charter, this new Act replaces the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which came into force in February 2000 and is due to expire in December.

The Investigatory Powers Act introduces new powers and clarifies some of the greyer practices around the police, and other security and enforcement agencies, hacking into devices and computers, both in the UK and abroad.