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Welcome to the IOCCO website. I was appointed as Interception of Communications Commissioner in January 2013 by the Prime Minister under Section 57(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000. My function is to keep under review the interception of communications and the acquisition and disclosure of communications data by intelligence agencies, police forces and other public authorities. I am required to make an annual report to the Prime Minister with respect to the carrying out of my functions.


The Rt Hon. Sir Anthony May, Interception of Communications Commissioner


Latest News

29th July 2014
The Rt Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy will be acting as interim Interception of Communications Commissioner from today (29th July 2014). Please click here to read the announcement. Sir Paul Kennedy was Interception of Communications Commissioner between 2006 and 2012 and has issued the following statement.  


25th July 2014
Please click here to see our response to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) and the new reporting requirements that come with it. Section 6 of DRIPA which can be accessed here requires half yearly reports by the Interception of Communications Commissioner. To meet the requirements expressed by Parliament, our next report will, as well as reporting on the general carrying out of the Commissioner's functions, report on whether sections 3, 4 and 5 of DRIPA, in practice, do merely replace the powers that were previously in existence.  


8-9th July 2014
Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO attends International Intelligence Review Agencies Conference (IIRAC) 2014. A great opportunity to discuss the importance of effective oversight, privacy and transparency with our international counterparts.


2nd June 2014
IOCCO publishes 2013/14 expenditure. Click for more information.


28th May 2014
Sir Anthony May gave a speech to the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA). In his speech he discussed his role and the importance of collaboration between Industry, law enforcement and oversight bodies. Click to view a summary of his speech


9th May 2014
In response to the Home Affairs Committee’s Report on Counter-terrorism (HC 231 published 9th May 2014) the Interception of Communications Commissioner has today issued the following statement.


8th April 2014
The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s 2013 Annual Report to the Prime Minister was laid before Parliament. The Commissioner has issued the following Press Release. The Prime Ministerial Statement can be found here.  

19th March 2014
The Interception of Communications Commissioner gave the Opening Address at the International Communications Data and Digital Forensics Conference. In his speech he discussed his role, the inspection regime, and, outlined his intention to conduct an inquiry into whether there might be institutional overuse of communications data powers under RIPA 2000 Part I Chapter II by public authorities.

11th February 2014
Sir Anthony May, Interception of Communications Commissioner and Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO gave evidence to the HASC Counter-Terrorism Inquiry. A transcript of the oral evidence session can be found here and the follow up written evidence can be found here.


18th July 2013

The Interception of Communications Commissioner's 2012 Annual Report was laid before Parliament. Click here for the report 2012 Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner laid before Parliament


15th July 2013

Sir Anthony May’s response to the Article published in the Independent



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