Lord Justice Fulford

Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office

IPCO provides independent oversight of the use of investigatory powers by intelligence agencies, police forces and other public authorities.

The Prime Minister approved the appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Adrian Fulford as Investigatory Powers Commissioner under the terms of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.


Recent Activity

  • Safeguards governing investigatory powers now in effect
    06/12/2018

    All warrants permitting the use of investigatory powers are now subject to the double-lock safeguard requiring approval from one of the Judicial Commissioners. For further information, please see this statement issued by the Home Office: https://www.gov......
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  • Strengthening oversight: the exchange of data between intelligence and security services
    03/12/2018

    On 14th November 2018,  five oversight bodies from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland issued a joint statement concerning the risk of an oversight gap and ways to tackle this risk, when overseeing international data exchange by......
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  • The consultation on the Consolidated Guidance has now ended
    29/11/2018

    The consultation on the Consolidated Guidance has now ended.  We received a number of valuable submissions and would like to thank all those who submitted responses for taking the time to do so.  You can read those submissions here.  Sir Ad......
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  • Interception of Communications Commissioner of the Isle of Man Meeting
    30/07/2018

    Our legal team recently met with Susie Alegre, the Interception of Communications Commissioner (IoCC) of the Isle of Man. We are looking at ways in which we can work together to facilitate effective oversight of the Investigatory powers and we are explori......
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  • Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner Visit
    30/07/2018

    The Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner (OCSEC), the Honourable Jean-Pierre Plouffe, recently met the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and his officials in London. The purpose of the visit was to discuss Mr Plouffe......
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  • UN Special Rapporteur visit
    30/07/2018

    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 Comm......
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  • Emily, Project Manager at IPCO - A year in the making
    23/07/2018

    I joined IPCO a year ago, when we were a discombobulated band scattered across disparate offices in the Home Office. The twelve months since have been an incredible journey of collaboration and camaraderie to ensure IPCO is up and running in time to meet ......
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  • Legal & Policy Team - IPCO collaboration with the University of Essex
    30/05/2018

    At IPCO we are committed to being as open and transparent as we can be and demystifying as much of the work we do as possible. The Commissioner is passionate about the need for greater and continued public engagement. So it has been great working with th......
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  • Sir Adrian Fulford - A message from the Commissioner
    17/05/2018

    After all of the work that has been needed to set up IPCO – acquiring new premises and equipment; recruiting staff and Judicial Commissioners; training the judges, the secretariat and the inspectors; working with Professor Sir Bernard Silverman to e......
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