Revelations about the acquisition and use of communications data have seen surveillance and privacy rise up the political agenda in recent times. The challenges of balancing privacy with security have been highlighted through the inability to progress the draft Communications Data Bill, the recent European Court of Justice ruling that the EU Data Retention Directive is invalid and global surveillance disclosures. One effect of this has been increased scrutiny on safeguards. As politicians call for reform and overhaul of the legal framework, the work of oversight bodies has become increasingly important.
The Interception of Communications Commissioner (IoCC) is responsible for overseeing the interception of the content of communications and the acquisition and disclosure of communications data. The current Commissioner, the Rt Hon. Sir Anthony May, recently published his first annual report on the inspection regime. As part of this event the Commissioner will explain further his role and changes to the inspection regime, and allow industry and the Commissioners’ office to develop a better working relationship.
Further details and speakers will be sent round to ISPA members in due course. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.