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Sir StanleyIOCCO is 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 Prime Minister approved the appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Stanley Burnton as
Interception of Communications Commissioner under the terms of Section 57 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. This appointment took effect from 4 November 2015. Press release here

 

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

 

Latest News

8th September 2016

Today the Prime Minister has laid our Annual Report of 2015. Click here for a copy of the report and here for our press release

 

11th August 2016

Announcement about our Head of IOCCO, Joanna Cavan leaving the team. Click here for statement.

 

8th August 2016

Today we have published an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) to assist the House of Lords which are continuing their line by line check on 5th September 2016 (committee stage day 5). Click here to read it. 

 

20th July 2016

We've submitted our Annual Report of 2015 to the Prime Minister. It won't now be laid before summer recess and we are hoping it will be laid early in September 2016.  


7th July 2016

Today the Prime Minister has laid the report of our review into directions given under section 94 of the Telecommunications Act in Parliament. 

Click here for a copy of the report and here for our press release.

 

28th June 2016

Today we have published a circular to all Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) and Communication Service Providers (CSPs) releasing the new communications data error report templates. Please click here for the circular, here for the public authority error form and here for the CSP error form.

 

17th June 2016
Please click here for our updated Press Statement about the Police Scotland investigation concerning determining journalistic sources. The press statement refers to the fact we are today publishing the Commissioner's Memorandum, Annexes and Letter to Police Scotland.

 

6th June 2016
Please click here for our Press Statement about documents released to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal  relating to the Privacy International Case.

 

31st March 2016
Today we have published a circular to all Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) within public authorities. The circular details the most frequent recommendations from our communications data inspections in 2015 and has been produced to assist SROs to prepare for inspections and to regularly review compliance within their own public authority.

 

24th March 2016
Sir Stanley Burnton and Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO give evidence to the Investigatory Powers Bill Scrutiny Committee. Their evidence starts on page 21 of the written transcript here

 

23rd March 2016
We've published a document which seeks to review the 8 key areas that we highlighted in our original written evidence to the Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee post the 1st March introduction of the Bill into Parliament. Please see our review document here which should be read alongside our original written evidence

 

1st March 2016
Please click here for our Press Statement about the Investigatory Powers Bill which was introduced into Parliament today.

 

11th February 2016
Please click here for our Press Statement in relation to Joint Committee's Report on the Investigatory Powers Bill. (25/2/16 - Click here - Now updated with ISC recommendations).  

 

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 

 

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. 

 

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. Presentation 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.

 

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