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. Read more…