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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


(The Rt Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy is currently acting as interim Interception of Communications Commissioner - see circular on 29th July in Latest News).


Latest News


6th October 2014
The Interception of Communications Commissioner has launched an inquiry into the acquisition of communications data by police forces to identify journalistic sources. The Rt Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy says -
"I have written to all Chief Constables and directed them under section 58(1) of RIPA to provide me with full details of all investigations that have used Part I Chapter 2 RIPA powers to acquire communications data to identify journalistic sources. My office will undertake a full inquiry and report our findings to the Prime Minister and publicly so as to develop clarity in relation to the scope and compliance of this activity." Please read our full press release here.


17th September 2014
We are aware of the Press Gazette's 'save our sources' petition and understand the concerns raised about the protection of journalistic sources so as to enable a free press. On 4th September we published a response to the media reporting surrounding Operation Alice. Our publication sought to highlight and explain the law in relation to Part I Chapter 2 of RIPA and to importantly explain how complaints are dealt with. On this latter point Parliament has indicated (see section 65(4) of RIPA) that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal is the appropriate forum for any complaint by a person who is aggrieved by conduct under Part I Chapter 2 and our office may give assistance and / or advice when requested by the Tribunal in line with section 57(3).


4th September 2014
Please click to download our response to the media reporting surrounding Operation Alice.


1st September 2014
Joanna Cavan, Head of IOCCO has issued 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 expresses concern in relation to the number of communications data Applicant Errors reported to the Commissioner in the first half of 2014. A large number of these errors have led to communications data being acquired relating to members of the public who had no connection to the investigation or operation being undertaken. SROs have been instructed to develop, implement and robustly enforce measures to minimise the repetition of such errors. 


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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