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Journalists, lawyers and mobile service providers give evidence

14 December 2015

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The Joint Committee on the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill hears from journalists and solicitors to explore journalistic and legal privilege, and also mobile phone companies on the practicalities of data storage and security.


Monday 14 December, Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster

At 4:15pm:

  • 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

At approximately 5pm:

  • 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

Possible questions

Questions in the first session may include:

  • How does the draft Bill address concerns about legal professional privilege and investigatory powers in England, Wales and Scotland? Does it create any new issues in relation to LPP?
  • How does the draft Bill address concerns about the protection of journalistic sources and the media's right to freedom of expression?

Questions in the second session may include:

  • How easy is to separate communications data from content? What sort of equipment is needed to separate them?
  • What is your understanding of Internet Connection Records and how they will they be created?
  • How difficult will it be to create Internet Connection Records in practice? Will there be any difficulties in providing Internet Connection Records to law enforcement agencies and the intelligence services?
  • What is the appropriate level of engagement with the Information Commissioner concerning audits with regard to the security of your systems?

Further information

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