Bulk interception warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Conservative, Rutland and Melton 4:00 pm, 7th June 2016

May I just say to the hon. Lady and her hon. Friends that there was no intention whatsoever to be patronising? If she wants to take it in that vein, may I apologise and do so graciously? Our view is simply that bulk interception and bulk powers involve a poor use of the word “bulk”. The intrusion on the individual compared with the collective gathering of information is misunderstood in many cases. That is our point, and I hope that she can accept it in that spirit.