Read my posts about the low-key but important regulator, the Interception of Communications Commissioner.


Interception of Communications Commissioner gets something right

Police should not be able to access journalists’ phone records unless they are given authorisation by a judge, a major report has recommended. … Read the full post »


Interception of Communications Commissioner “understaffed and totally ineffective”

From The Independent: The little-known watchdog responsible for ensuring that Britain’s spy agencies act within the law over communication interceptions has been condemned as “ineffective” by civil liberties campaigners – amid concerns that it failed to scrutinise the systems revealed by Edward Snowden. The Independent has established that the watchdog’s annual report had to be delayed … Read the full post »


James Brokenshire’s assurances on the snooping bill only raise further concerns

What do you do if a regulator has failed? Leave them unreformed and instead give them greater powers? That is the line Home Office Minister James Brokenshire is arguing. The regulator in question is the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the powers relate to online monitoring. For the Draft Communications Data Bill would not only give … Read the full post »