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Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 19th July 2016.

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Photo of Lord Butler of Brockwell Lord Butler of Brockwell Crossbench 3:45 pm, 19th July 2016

My Lords, I find the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Paddick, difficult to understand. He made the point that the filter arrangement makes the operations of the police easier, but it makes them easier by ensuring that they do not inspect communications data which are not relevant to their purpose. It therefore protects privacy rather than threatens it. The filter is governed by the requirements of the rest of the Bill. It will apply the tests of necessity, proportionality and the protection of privacy. It is a protection of privacy rather than a threat to it.