As sharp-eyed commentators have noted, the launch of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill on 4 November was accompanied by a significant avowal.  This related to the use by intelligence agencies (but not the police) of a bulk collection power, applicable to communications data but not to content or internet connection records, under s94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984.  The operation of that power had never been made public.

A number of people have asked whether I was aware of this during my Investigatory Powers Review. Read more…