DCN April 2017 - Page 55

final thought BAD ACT, STRONG PERFORMANCE Jon Leppard, director at Future Facilities, considers how the Investigatory Powers Act might affect the data centre. D espite its politically contentious nature, the Investigatory Powers Act (IP Act) is now a fact of life for organisations across the UK. The new regulation has been branded the ‘Snooper’s Charter’, and was passed in the face of strong opposition from civil rights groups and a crowd funded legal campaign. This opposition to the IP Act stems from accusations of compromise to UK citizens’ personal privacy; the new law grants intelligence agencies an increased ability to access and monitor bulk sets of personal data. Regardless of the controversy that surrounds it, adherence to the IP Act is now a legal requirement for businesses. Much of