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The power to intrude

Has the government found a balance between privacy and security with the Investigatory Powers Bill?

By Joshua Rozenberg   February 2016

Illustration by Ben Jennings

Read a further piece on the tension between security and privacy, also published in the February 2016 issue of Prospect

For Islamist terrorists, the prospect of prosecution and punishment is no deterrent. They expect to be killed, either by their own bombs or by those enforcing the law. So public protection depends on thwarting potential terrorists before they can attack. And that, in turn, depends on intelligence—much of it obtained through covert means.

Improving the UK’s intelligence gathering was a priority…

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