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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Committee hears from lawyers, journalists, mobile providers, law enforcement and parliamentarians

The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill continues its inquiry next week, with evidence sessions on Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 December.

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill would provide a framework for the use of investigatory powers by law enforcement and security and intelligence agencies, as well as other public authorities, and includes provisions for the interception of communications, the retention and acquisition of communications data, the use of equipment interference, and the acquisition of bulk data for analysis.

Giving evidence on Monday 14 December, in Committee Room 3A, will be:


  • Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors
  • Colin Passmore, Senior Partner at Simmons & Simmons, appearing on behalf of The Law Society
  • Tim Musson, The Law Society of Scotland
  • Andy Smith, Vice-President of the National Union of Journalists


  • Mark Hughes, Head of Corporate Security at Vodafone
  • Adrian Gorham, Head of Fraud and Security at O2 Telefónica
  • Jonathan Grayling, Head of Government Liaison at EE
  • Simon Miller, Head of Government and Regulatory Engagement at 3

The first session will be a short one, focussing on legal and journalistic privileges. The second session will examine the practicalities of data storage and data security challenges faced by mobile phone companies.

Then, on Wednesday 16 December, in Committee Room 4A, the Committee will hear from:


  • Detective Superintendent Paul Hudson, Head of the Metropolitan Police Service Technical Unit
  • Michael Atkinson, Secretary to the National Police Council's Data Communications Group
  • Temporary Detective Superintendent Matt Long, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command at the National Crime Agency


  • David Davis MP
  • Baroness Jones of Moulescoomb


  • Peter Carter QC, whose principal emphasis is on fraud, terrorism, homicide and trafficking cases
  • Martin Chamberlain QC, currently instructed in a number of matters before the European Court of Human Rights and the EU courts
  • Matthew Ryder QC, with expertise in a number of areas including terrorism, RIPA, national security and human rights
  • Graham Smith, Partner at Bird & Bird LLP and one of the UK's leading cyberlaw experts

In the first of the three sessions, the Committee is expected to look at some of the operational challenges that law enforcement agencies are seeking to be addressed in the draft Bill. The second session will focus more on the political aspects of the Bill, including oversight, authorisation and the Wilson Doctrine, a convention introduced in 1966 which restricts the police and intelligence services from tapping the telephones of Parliamentarians. The final session of the week is with legal experts, and will examine all the legal issues that are raised by the Bill.

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