Interception of Communications Commissioner Office
Who we are:
The Interception of Communications Commissioner
The Interception of Communications Commissioner is a statutory role, defined in Section 57 (2) of RIPA. The current Commissioner is Sir Anthony May who was appointed from 1st January 2013, to succeed Sir Paul Kennedy who had held office from 1st April 2006 until 31st December 2012. The Act provides that he keeps under review, in summary:-
- The Secretary of State’s role in issuing warrants for the interception of communications.
- The procedures adopted by those agencies involved in interception under warrant, to ensure they are compliant with RIPA.
- The procedures adopted by any other organisations that assist those agencies in warranted interception.
- The adequacy of arrangements made by the Secretary of State for the handling and protection of intercepted material.
The Commissioner also oversees the conduct undertaken by public authorities empowered under Part I Chapter II of RIPA in relation to the acquisition of communications data.
It is also the Commissioner’s function under RIPA to give the lnvestigatory Powers Tribunal, also set up under RIPA (s.65), such assistance as may be necessary in order to enable it to carry out its functions.
The Commissioner also undertakes on a non-statutory basis oversight of some types of interception not covered under the 2000 Act, such as the interception of the mail and telephone calls of prisoners, which is subject to other legislation. This function is detailed here.
Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2011
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