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Terror threat to Britain could speed up Investigatory Powers Bill implementation

17th November 2015

David Cameron could bring forward plans for the Investigatory Powers Bill

With Prime Minister David Cameron revealing that Britain has foiled seven terror attacks in the past six months, the recently announced Investigatory Powers Bill could be implemented sooner than originally planned.

An article in the Telegraph highlighted that following the Paris attacks and the fact that seven terror attacks have been foiled by British intelligence, including one in the past month, the new Investigatory Powers Bill could be implemented quicker than the 2017 timetable that was originally planned.

The new bill would introduce laws to allow spies and British intelligence to hack into smartphones and computers. This would not only mean that those working in full-time or temporary legal jobs would need to be aware of the law changes, but internet and communications companies would be forced to retain customer usage data for up to a year.

The Investigatory Powers Bill, which you can learn more about here, is being passed through Parliament. Many experts have urged the government to pass it through as IS are encouraging more terrorist attacks to take place in Europe.

An article from the BBC explains that whilst the 1000-mile Turkey-Syria border used to be no obstacle for thousands of would-be jihadists travelling to Syria from Europe, the fact that a Kurdish militia opposed to IS now controls much of the border on the Syrian side has reduced this.

This now means it is too high-risk for IS followers in Europe to travel to Syria and instead IS’s online recruiters are encouraging its supporters to stay in their countries and plan attacks there.

As well as the new bill, David Cameron revealed that the UK will concentrate on other measures such as continuing strong border controls, uniting with Russia to fight against Isil in Syria, pushing for a political settlement in Syria and sharing more intelligence between countries.

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