• Who we are

    Overseen by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC), IPCO currently employs approximately 50 people, including Inspectors, lawyers, communications experts and others. The team supports the IPC and the Judicial Commissioners in fulfilling their duties under the Act.

    Under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), three precursor organisations were merged to form Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO) in September 2017.  The previous organisations were the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC), the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) and the Intelligence Service Commissioner’s Office (ISComm).

    Under the terms of the IPA, funding for IPCO is provided by the Home Secretary.  However, IPCO carries out its functions independently of the Government and is not part of the Home Office.