- In November Investigatory Powers Bill was passed and given Royal Assent
- App companies must keep data for a year and police can hack your phone
- An attempted amendment to the law from the Lords was rejected by MPs
- The Government sees it as essential for tackling organised crime
Police are now officially able to hack into your phones and check your browsing history after the Snoopers’ Charter came into force yesterday.
The law – officially called the Investigatory Powers Bill – forces electronic data to be stored by app companies for 12 months, which can be subsequently collected by law enforcement.
While critics have cited it as an attack on privacy, the Government believes the charter is essential for combating terrorism and organised crime.