• UN Special Rapporteur visit

    Professor Joseph A. Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy recently met IPCO senior staff. We discussed the challenge of setting up IPCO including how the oversight body had absorbed the responsibilities from the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO), the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) and the Intelligence Services Commissioner (ISComm). We also discussed relationships with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the Intelligence Services Select Committee and policy makers. The Investigatory Powers Commissioner, Sir Adrian Fulford, said: “Joe has a crucially important role in promoting the importance of privacy protections. I am pleased that IPCO had the opportunity to share our perspectives and talk through our oversight regime in detail. We are always keen to learn from the broader international perspective that Joe brings, and look forward to further opportunities to work with him.”

    The UN Special Rapporteur has now published a statement covering his mission to the UK. You can read it here.

    Professor Joseph A. Cannataci at IPCO’s office