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Welcome to the IOCCO website

We are responsible for keeping under review the interception of communications and the acquisition and disclosure of communications data by intelligence agencies, police forces and other public authorities. We report to the Prime Minister on a half-yearly basis with respect to the carrying out of the Interception of Communications Commissioner's functions.

 

 


The Rt Hon. Sir Stanley Burnton was appointed by Prime Minister as Interception of Communications Commissioner on 4th November 2015. Click here for our press release.


On his appointment Sir Stanley said:

 

   "I am delighted to have been appointed by the  Prime Minister to undertake this role at what is an especially significant and challenging time for investigatory powers." 

 

 

  

Contact us at info@iocco.gsi.gov.uk

 

Latest News

11th February 2016

Please click here for our Press Statement in relation to Joint Committee's Report on the Investigatory Powers Bill.  

 

 

 

7th January 2016

Our written evidence to the Investigatory Powers Joint Committee was published today. Please click here for a copy. In addition the Committee also published over 100 other submissions which you can access via this link 

 

7th January 2016

Sir Stanley Burnton and Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO attended the Scrambling for Safety event on the Investigatory Powers Bill. You can view the first panel online here.

 

 2nd December 2015

Sir Stanley Burnton and Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO give evidence to the Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee of Parliament. You can find a copy of the video session here and a copy IOCCO’s written transcription here.

 

25th November 2015

During the last few months IOCCO has been carrying out a review of conduct by the Police Service of Scotland in order to determine whether there had been any contravention of the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data Code of Practice. The review has now concluded. Please click here to see the Commissioner’s Press Statement.

 

20th November 2015
Today we have published a circular to all Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) within public authorities. The circular contains a breakdown of communications data applications submitted under section 22(2)(b), the prevention or detection of crime or disorder, by Crime Type. 

 

18th November 2015

Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO speaks at the Internet Service Providers Association 20th Anniversary Conference – “The Future Communications Landscape”. Please see attached speaking notes here and a copy of the summary of the conference here.


13th November 2015
Today we have published a circular to all Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) within public authorities. The circular provides guidance in relation to the new Annual Statistical Requirements set out in the March 2015 Code of Practice. Annex A accompanies the circular and should be completed and returned to IOCCO by 15th January 2016.

 

4th November 2015
Today the Government has published the Investigatory Powers Bill. Please click here for our press statement.

 

4th November 2015
Today the Prime Minister has appointed the Rt Hon. Sir Stanley Burnton as Interception of Communications Commissioner. Click here for our press release.

 

2nd November 2015
Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO attends JUSTICE and King's College London roundtable "A surveillance Framework for a Digital Age: Authorisation, Oversight and the Judiciary." Joanna presents on accountability, transparency and oversight reform. Please see attached speaking notes and graphic to accompany IOCCO oversight wish list.

 

17 September 2015

Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO speaks at the iCLIC conference at Southampton University and a copy of Joanna’s presentation can be found here.

 

4 August 2015
Please click here to see our press release about our investigation into two police forces who have breached the new procedures in the code of practice for acquiring communications data to determine journalistic sources. A web accessible version is available here.

 

16th July 2015
Today HMIP published their inquiry report into the interception of telephone calls between prisoners and their MPs. Please click here to see our press release. 

 

16th July 2015
The Commissioner's half-yearly report has been laid in Parliament today by the Prime Minister. Please click here to download a copy of our press release, here for a copy of the report and here for a copy of the Written Ministerial Statement.

 

11th June 2015
Please see here for our response to the Investigatory Powers Review Report by David Anderson Q.C. which was laid in Parliament by the Prime Minister this morning. A web accessible version is also available here.


1st June 2015
Please see here for our response to today's Guardian article and report by Big Brother Watch.

1st June 2015
Today we have published a circular to all Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) within public authorities who are responsible for the integrity of the communications data acquisition processes. The circular provides guidance in relation to the requirement for independence of Designated Persons (DPs).

29th May 2015
Sir Anthony May has decided to step down as Interception Commissioner at the end of July 2015. Please click here to see his statement.


12th March 2015
The Commissioner's report for the 2014 period will be laid in Parliament at 10:30am today. Please click here to download a copy of our press release, and here for a copy of the report.

 

4th February 2015
We are pleased to be able to publish our journalist inquiry report today. The Commissioner has issued the following Press Release. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

 

 

11th February 2016

Please click here to see our Press Statement on the Joint Committee's Report on the Investigatory Powers Bill.



 

 

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