The Investigatory Powers Bill is a comprehensive rewriting of UK law on interception of communications, retention and access of communications data and related subjects.

The documents associated with the Bill are numerous.

This 4-page guide has links to the principal documents, ranging from the 2012 precursor of the draft Bill and the three independent reports that formed its basis, through the painstaking process of pre-legislative scrutiny, to the Bill introduced to Parliament last week.  It includes links to everything I have written on the topic to date, but does not attempt to do justice to the many fine commentaries from others.

I prepared it for this conference, at King’s College London later in the week.

I gave oral evidence yesterday to the Home Affairs Select Committee as part of its current inquiry into counter-terrorism in the UK, which will run until March 2014.  Control orders, TPIMs and Schedule 7 were the main subjects of questioning.  Links to that evidence, and to the written evidence I provided in September, are here.

An expectation has grown up that the independent reviewer¬†will¬†use his accumulated experience of the operation of counter-terrorism laws, and¬†in particular his access to secret material,¬†in order to inform the seemingly constant parliamentary debate on national security and civil liberties. Read more…

The Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram (sometimes translated as ‚ÄúWestern education is sinful‚ÄĚ) is banned in the United Kingdom from today.¬† The indiscriminate mass-casualty attacks attributed to that organisation since 2009 leave little doubt that it is ‚Äúconcerned in terrorism‚ÄĚ ‚Äď the only test that has to be met for proscription under the Terrorism Act 2000. Read more…