Investigatory Powers Review: Call for Evidence

The Home Secretary announced to Parliament on 10 July that I had been asked, with all-party support, to lead a review before the General Election, in the light of the threat picture, of

  • the capabilities and powers required by law enforcement and the security intelligence agencies, and
  • the regulatory framework within which those capabilities and powers should be exercised.

My report will be submitted to the Prime Minister, who will lay it before Parliament on receipt.

The published terms of reference for the review are here, and it was given statutory force in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.  Following the wording in section 7, it will be known as the Investigatory Powers Review.

Among the issues I have been asked to look at are whether the UK needs new legislation along the lines of the proposed Communications Data Bill, and whether Part 1 of RIPA 2000 (which deals both with interception and with communications data) needs to be amended or replaced.  I will also be looking at the statistical and transparency requirements that should apply, and at the effectiveness of current statutory oversight arrangements.  For comparative purposes I expect to refer to the position in other countries, in particular Germany and the USA which I propose to visit.

If you wish to submit written evidence with a bearing on any of the issues falling within the terms of reference of the Review, please do so by¬†Friday 3 October 2014 to me at independent.reviewer@brickcourt.co.uk, limiting your submission where possible to a maximum of 5000 words and heading your email “Evidence for Investigatory Powers Review”.

Unless otherwise specified, all evidence received may be published or shared with others, attributed to its author and quoted from in my report.  If all or part of your evidence is submitted on a confidential basis, please so indicate in a cover email.

I will also accept hard-copy evidence by post or by hand at Brick Court Chambers, 7-8 Essex Street, London WC2R 3LD.