Home Office launches consultation on Codes of Practice for Investigatory Powers Act

Ben Wallace: Security Minister in the Conservative Government

Ben Wallace: Security Minister in the Conservative Government

A consultation has been launched on five new Codes of Practice under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The Codes of Practice set out the processes and safeguards governing the use of investigatory powers by public authorities including law enforcement and the security and intelligence agencies. They also afford detail on how the relevant powers should be used, including examples of Best Practice.

The Codes of Practice cover (1) Interception of Communications (2) Bulk Communications Data Acquisition (3) Bulk Personal Datasets (4) Equipment Interference and (5) National Security Notices.

Following consideration of the responses to the consultation and any consequent amendments, the Codes of Practice will need to be laid before Parliament for approval.

Publishing the consultation, Security Minister Ben Wallace said: “The draft Codes of Practice published for consultation set out in considerable detail how investigatory powers work in practice and the safeguards which govern them. They’re intended to provide additional clarity and ensure the highest standards of professionalism and compliance with this important legislation. All responses will be welcomed and carefully considered.”

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which was granted Royal Assent in November last year, provides “world-leading” transparency and privacy protection. It received unprecedented scrutiny in Parliament and was passed into law with cross-party support.

The consultation process will last for six weeks. Copies of the consultation document and draft codes are available on the Home Office’s consultation page.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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