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…

It’s been an exciting¬†day in the usually sober world of terrorism law review.

Communications Data and Interception Powers Review

Late last night, the Government published the terms of reference of a wide-ranging review that I have been asked to conduct, by May 2015, into the areas of communications data and interception powers.  To be given statutory backing in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill currently speeding through Parliament, this review will address two sensitive and politically controversial issues: possible reform of RIPA, and whether further powers are required over communications data.  It was commissioned with all-party support and is intended to help develop policy in this area after the General Election.  I am putting together the resources I need and will make a call for evidence in due course.

Replacement of the Independent Reviewer

Of longer-term significance, announced at the same time, is the proposed future replacement of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation by a new¬†Independent¬†Privacy and Civil Liberties Board.¬† Read more…