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Academics and parliamentarians give evidence on the Draft Bill

4 December 2015

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On 7 December at 4.30pm the Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes evidence from academics, Lord Blunkett and Owen Paterson MP.


Monday 7 December, Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 4.30pm:

  • Professor Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law, School of Law, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Sir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London
  • Professor Mark Ryan, Professor of Computer Security, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham

At 5.30pm:

  • Lord Blunkett
  • Owen Paterson MP

Possible questions

Questions in the first session may include:

  • Are the provisions of the draft Bill future-proofed for behavioural and technological changes?
  • Does the draft Bill meet the proportionality requirements of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, particularly in light of the differing authorisation regimes applying to the varying types of warrants?
  • How clear is the definition of Internet Connection Records? Is it practicable and will it achieve the Government's aims, such as allowing for IP resolution?
  • What have been the experiences of other countries grappling with these issues? Are there other jurisdictions we should look to for guidance?

Questions in the second session may include:

  • Has the operational case been made for the bulk interception, bulk acquisition of collection of communications data and bulk equipment interference?
  • How long does the process of authorising of interception warrants take under the present system in your experience? How urgent are the timescales involved in making these decisions?
  • Does the proposed set-up for the Judicial Commissioners give them sufficient independence from the executive?
  • Does the enshrining of the Wilson doctrine in statute provide adequate protection for legislators' communications?

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