Investigatory Powers Bill Briefing
Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is one of three A status National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the United Kingdom and is required by section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act to “keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness in Northern Ireland of law and practice relating to the protection of human rights”. The purpose of this paper is to brief MPs and Peers on the potential human rights issues raised by the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) which is currently at Report Stage. The IPB is due to replace the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act which, by virtue of a ‘sunset’ clause is to be repealed on 31 December 2016.