The National Crime Agency, National Police Chiefs Council and HM Revenue and Customs submitted a joint law enforcement response to the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
You can read the full response here -
In summary, it states that:
Law enforcement welcomes the Government's commitment to clarify and update the law in this vital area of activity. The Bill aims to streamline and update the legislation for law enforcement powers in the areas of communications data, equipment interference and lawful intercept, reinforcing transparency and oversight. We use these powers of investigation to protect the public, preserve life and prevent and detect crime.
The Bill will help ensure that law enforcement can keep pace with the changing use of technology by criminals and find crucial information to protect people at risk of harm.
Whilst criminal groups are able to take advantage of sophisticated developments in technology, law enforcement is currently unable to keep pace, match their capabilities and deliver the same criminal justice outcomes against those operating online as we are able to do in the real world.
The joint response highlights concerns relating to:
We do not think it is for law enforcement to comment on the Bill proposals on changes of authorisation and oversight of these powers but we have stressed that any regime must be agile, flexible and supportive of using these powers operationally.
Our response did not address questions that are of no direct relevance to law enforcement, or that may have been answered by other parts of HM Government who are better placed to do so.