Investigatory Powers Act Review

My independent Investigatory Powers Act review was announced on 17 January. I am conducting the review together with a small strap-cleared team comprising Natasha Barnes, barrister at 1 Crown Office Row John Davies, a member of the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Technology Advisory Panel. The scope of my review is determined by: The Home [...]

By |2023-02-17T18:13:32+00:00February 9th, 2023|Blog, Featured, Law, Security|Comments Off on Investigatory Powers Act Review

Watching the watchers – implementation stocktake

The Home Secretary wrote to me today - just in time for my evidence session this afternoon before the Home Affairs Select Committee - setting out the terms for a new assignment.  That will be a "stocktake" of the implementation by MI5 and Counter-Terrorism Policing of the 126 recommendations that came out of the post-attack reviews and Operational Improvement Review completed [...]

By |2020-02-24T10:26:16+00:00January 30th, 2018|Blog, Security|Comments Off on Watching the watchers – implementation stocktake

Intelligence handling and the recent terrorist attacks

After many years of relative failure, this spring has seen terrorists mount vile and contemptible attacks at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.  I have been asked, by letter from the Home Secretary of 28 June, to provide "independent assurance" of internal reviews that police and MI5 have initiated in response.   My intention (after six years of immersion in the [...]

By |2020-02-24T10:26:48+00:00June 28th, 2017|Blog, Security|Comments Off on Intelligence handling and the recent terrorist attacks
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