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Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Committee to hear from Information Commissioner, international technical experts and New Zealand's Commissioner of Security Warrants


In the first evidence session of the New Year, the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill will be speaking to witnesses including the Information Commissioner and a former Technical Director of the American National Security Agency, on Wednesday 6 January.

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.

In Committee Room 4A, the Joint Committee will hear from:

At 2.15pm

  • Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner
  • Jonathan Bamford, Information Commissioner's Office

At 2.45pm

  • Jesper Lund, Chairman, The Danish IT Political Association
  • William E. Binney, retired Technical Director of the United States National Security Agency

At 4.10pm

  • Sir J. Bruce Robertson, New Zealand Commissioner of Security Warrants (via video link)
In the first session, the Committee will hear about the responsibilities of the Information Commissioner and his office and look at what its role would be should the draft Bill become law. It will examine whether more work would be generated for the Office and if it should retain its current responsibilities regarding data retention and auditing of the systems proposed in the draft Bill, or if they should pass on to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in future. The second panel will discuss more technical aspects and international comparisons of the Bill, including what worked and what didn't when Denmark implemented a similar regime. It will also look at what international comparisons can be made, given that we are all grappling with the same problems. The final session will see the Committee speak to the New Zealand equivalent of the role that would be created in the UK through the Bill, and examine the witness' role in authorisation and oversight.

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