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Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers bill hears from academics, technical experts and civil liberty groups

The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill continues its inquiry next week, with evidence sessions on both Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 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 7 December, in Committee Room 4, will be:


Sir David Omand, Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance

Professor Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Professor Mark Ryan, Professor in Computer Security at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

Dr Paul Bernal, lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia School of Law


Owen Paterson MP

Lord Blunkett

The first session is likely to be wide-ranging, but will have a particular focus on the more technical aspects of the Draft Bill. In the second session the Committee will be examining a number of issues including oversight, authorisation and the Wilson Doctrine.

Then, on Wednesday 9 December, in Committee Room 2, the Committee will hear from:


Mark Hughes, President, BT Security

Adam Kinsley, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Sky

Hugh Woolford, Director of Operations, Virgin Media


James Blessing, ISPA Chair and CTO of Keycom

Adrian Kennard, Managing Director, Andrews & Arnold Ltd


Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group

Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty

Caroline Wilson Palow, Legal Officer, Privacy International

Renate Sampson, Chief Executive, Big Brother Watch

The first two sessions on Wednesday are expected to look at the practicalities of data storage and data security challenges faced by internet service providers, as well as topics such as the economic impact of the Draft Bill and customer trust. The third session will explore issues around civil liberties, safeguards, authorisation and oversight, and whether the witnesses believe a case has been made for the most intrusive powers.

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