The Investigatory Powers Bill was published today in draft, together with explanatory notes and¬†an unprecedented volume of impact assessments, factsheets and other “overarching documents“.

One of the reports that contributed to the draft Bill was “A Question of Trust“, the report of my Investigatory Powers Review that was published in June 2015.¬† Other reports were produced in March 2015 by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament and in July 2015 by¬†the Royal United Services Institute.¬† All have left their mark on the Bill.

The¬†best¬†thing¬†about the¬†draft Bill is that it puts Parliament in charge.¬† For the first time, we have a Bill that sets out, for public and political debate,¬†the totality of the¬†investigatory powers¬†used or aspired to by police and intelligence agencies.¬† The list includes: Read more…

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…