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David Anderson QC publishes detailed report on terrorist attacks of March-June 2017

Following the terrorist attacks that took place on the UK mainland between March and June this year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd commissioned former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, to provide independent assurance of the internal MI5 and police...
Posted On 06 Dec 2017
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Max Hill QC appointed as Government’s new Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appointed Max Hill QC as the Government’s new Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation. Hill has been a QC for nine years and boasts extensive experience of both defending and prosecuting complex cases involving terrorism, homicide, violent...
Posted On 27 Feb 2017
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David Anderson QC publishes findings of review into operational case for bulk powers listed in Investigatory Powers Bill

David Anderson QC – the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation – has now published the findings of his extensive review into the operational case for the bulk powers contained in the Investigatory Powers Bill. Supported by an expert team of his own choosing, Anderson has...
Posted On 23 Aug 2016
The Government is contesting last July’s ruling which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson
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Government appeals High Court judgement that ruled DRIPA surveillance legislation unlawful

The Government’s appeal against a High Court judgement that ruled its surveillance legislation unlawful contests the July 2015 ruling, which upheld a challenge to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson represented by...
Posted On 26 Oct 2015
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Threat from terrorism “most serious facing Britain in security terms” urges MI5 director general

Earlier today, MI5 director general Andrew Parker gave the first live interview by a serving head of the Security Service in the organisation’s 106-year history. Parker was interviewed at length on BBC Radio 4 and talked about the work of MI5 in keeping the nation safe,...
Posted On 17 Sep 2015
The High Court in London
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DRIPA challenge by MPs: “Government’s surveillance law is unlawful” rules High Court

Having duly assessed a strong and bold challenge brought by MPs David Davis and Tom Watson who were represented by Liberty, the High Court has subsequently found that Sections 1 and 2 of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (otherwise known as DRIPA) are...
Posted On 22 Jul 2015
Professor Michael Clarke (director general at RUSI) outlines the findings of the Independent Surveillance Review Panel
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Independent Surveillance Review calls for “fresh start” to the law on interception of communications

Following on from 12 months of thorough investigation and consultation, the Independent Surveillance Review has now delivered its conclusions to Prime Minister David Cameron in the form of a report entitled: ‘A Democratic Licence to Operate’ which duly states that a new and...
Posted On 20 Jul 2015
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Investigatory Powers Review highlights law that’s “fragmented, obscure and under constant challenge”

This morning in Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron published the much-anticipated report of the Investigatory Powers Review. Entitled ‘A Question of Trust’, the document was submitted by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation and a debate...
Posted On 11 Jun 2015
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has issued its views on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill
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‘Safeguards are required in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill’ urges Joint Committee on Human Rights

Further safeguards are required in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill for some of the new measures proposed to plug gaps in the Government’s counter-terrorism powers. That’s the firm belief of the Joint Committee on Human Rights which has outlined its views in a new...
Posted On 19 Jan 2015