IPCO Announcements

  • 2017 Archive Announcements


    First Investigatory Powers Commissioner announced

    The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Lord Justice Fulford as the first Investigatory Powers Commissioner for a 3-year term. Lord Justice Fulford will take up appointment with immediate effect.



    Press Release - IPCO Launch

    The new Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC), Lord Justice Fulford, takes on responsibility for regulating and overseeing how public authorities use the investigatory powers available to them under existing law. He takes over from the former Surveillance, Interception of Communications and Intelligence Services Commissioners.




    Open Response

    On Friday 13 October we published our open response to Privacy International, Liberty, Big Brother Watch, and the Open Rights Group’s letter to us regarding international intelligence sharing. Sir Adrian Fulford, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, said: "Intelligence sharing is an important issue. Individuals’ rights must continue to be protected even as intelligence about them leaves my oversight jurisdiction. IPCO has the legal powers to ensure adequate oversight of sharing, and improves on the previous regimes in two important ways: First, IPCO is much larger, including specific technical and legal experts and those with direct experience of this issue and of international law. Indeed I previously sat as a judge at the International Criminal Court. Second, the double lock gives the Government a duty of candour to inform our commissioners of any relevant issues before we decide whether to grant a warrant. We would consider sharing a relevant issue."




    Appointment of Judicial Commissioners

    IPCO has announced the appointment of 13 Judicial Commissioners.

    (https://ipco.org.uk/docs/JC%20Announcement%2020171018.pdf )



    Annual Report

    The Annual Reports from our precursor bodies (Office of Surveillance Commissioners, Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office & Intelligence Services Commissioner) have been laid and can be downloaded from the Publications section.