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How much do police and spies know about us?

Today's draft Investigatory Powers Bill will codify the powers of law enforcement and security services, but what can they already do?

By Josh Lowe  

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Today, the government will publish its draft Investigatory Powers Bill, which will set out a comprehensive set of rules governing the powers of the security services and the police to probe our private communications and online activity. 

The detail of the bill will be important. Some of the powers may be new, but others will simply formally codify and regulate things government agencies do already. In advance of the bill, then, we’ve run through three key powers police and spies already have when investigating crimes and threats to security.

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